The Redskins suffered an injury at a position where they could least afford to. Now they will have to wait to see how Matt Jones recovers.
Their starting running back left the game after being tackled on the sideline late in the first quarter. The second-year player suffered a sprain to his left AC joint.
“Just a little bruised up,” said Jones after the game. “Somebody landed on my shoulder. I was going down on my shoulder anyway but somebody landed on it.”
Jones said that he has no history of shoulder injuries and that he really doesn’t have a good feel for how serious this one might be. Although he minimized the paid he was in he appeared to have difficulty raising his elbow up to the level of his chest.
AC joint injuries can vary greatly in severity. Last year former Redskins cornerback David Amerson suffered one and missed just one preseason game. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson also had one and he missed all of the preseason.
The problem here is that the Redskins have little proven depth at the running back position. Rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley are currently second and third (not necessarily in that order) on the depth chart. Neither was particularly impressive against the Jets with Marshall gaining 26 yards on 10 carries and Kelley gaining eight yards on three carries.
Jay Gruden said that he has not yet determined how comfortable he might be in going with Marshall and Kelley as his primary backs until Jones is able to return.
“What my level of comfort is will be determined after I watch the film,” he said.
For quite some time here has been talk of the possibility of the Redskins bringing in a veteran running back to be Jones’ backup. But the team has been patient while looking at the younger players. But if Jones is going to be out for any length of time they may have to set patience aside and bring in a proven back to help carry the load.