ASHBURN — Watching football practice in August requires near-constant internal reminders to not overreact, but through the first two days of padded practices for the Washington Football Team, rookie left tackle Saahdiq Charles has not been on the field.
When asked about Charles’ absence on Tuesday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera called the injury minor. The coach also made clear he had no intention of providing much injury information.
Without Charles on the field third-year pro Geron Christian has been getting the bulk of the work at left tackle with the starting offense. Veteran free-agent addition Cornelius Lucas has been getting reps also and seems like the primary backup.
It’s far too early to draw conclusions on Charles.
He’s missed two consecutive days of practice, but they happen to be the first two days of practice media has attended.
It is worth noting, however, that Charles hasn’t even been out on the field during the portion of practice the media can watch.
As a comparison, fourth-year defensive end Ryan Anderson missed Tuesday’s practice but was on the sidelines during the session and was back at practice on Wednesday. Rivera also described Anderson’s injury as minor.
Washington drafted Charles in the fourth round out of LSU where he showed plenty of talent but also missed games to suspension. Washington conducted plenty of research on Charles before the draft and the team believes any issues are in the past.