Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao has been placed on season-ending injured reserve because of the ankle injury he suffered Sunday, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
The loss is a big one for a struggling Redskins’ offense (18.3 points per game) for a couple of reasons: Lauvao had been playing his best football since signing in Washington before last season and there’s not a whole lot of experience behind him. Candidates to replace Lauvao include Josh LeRibeus, who is battling a calf injury, the ever-versatile Tom Compton, seldom used second-year player Spencer Long and rookie Arie Kouandjio.
On Monday, Gruden indicated that Long and/or Kouandjio could get the first crack at the job.
"Since training camp, we've felt good about our offensive line depth," Gruden said. "We have Spencer Long ready to play left guard. We have Arie Kouandjio ready to play left guard. So we have two viable candidates right there that have not dressed in a football game yet [this season] but are ready to go."
Lauvao is the latest in a long line of key Redskins to end up on IR in recent weeks, joining special teams captains Adam Hayward (knee) and Niles Paul (ankle), starting outside linebacker Junior Galette (Achilles’ tendon), starting safety Duke Ihenacho (wrist), tight end Logan Paulsen (toe), running back Silas Redd (knee) and rookie inside linebacker/special teamer Martrell Spaight (concussion).
And you can add backup cornerback Justin Rogers (plantar fasciitis) to that list, as well. He was also placed on season-ending IR on Tuesday.
In addition to moving Lauvao and Rogers to IR, the Redskins signed free agent middle linebacker Mason Foster, promoted wide receiver-turned-cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the practice squad to the 53 man roster and re-signed seventh round draft pick Austin Reiter, a center, to the 10-man practice squad.
Foster, 26, started 54 out of 57 games for the Buccaneers from 2011-14. Last week against the Giants, the Redskins had only three healthy inside linebackers (Keenan Robinson, Will Compton and rookie Terrance Plummer) because Perry Riley was sidelined with a calf injury. Riley’s status remains unclear.
Dunbar, meantime, could make his NFL debut against the Eagles on Sunday. Veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall is expected to be sidelined at least a few weeks (if not longer) with a sprained toe. If Dunbar plays, he'll join a corps of corners that features Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland and Will Blackmon, who was signed two weeks ago.
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