The trio of Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way and Nick Sundberg have been special teams pillars in Washington for years now, but on Sunday, one of those pillars could be missing.
Hopkins, who hasn't been absent for a contest since 2017, is questionable for his team's trip to Detroit in Week 10. He's dealing with a groin issue and, on Friday, Ron Rivera said he'll essentially be a game-time decision at Ford Field.
While Hopkins hasn't been in top form this year — he's 10-of-14 on field goals and also has missed an extra point — continuity in the kicking aspect of special teams is vital, and any time there's a change in that machine, things can get dicey.
Should Hopkins not dress, Washington will turn to Kaare Vedvik, a kicker-punter hybrid who's been on the Burgundy and Gold's practice squad since Oct. 9. He has only one field goal attempt in his NFL career — it came in 2019 for the Jets — and he missed it.
Vedvik's an incredibly interesting guy, however (though it's OK to solely care about whether he can blast the oval in between the two tall, gold sticks and nothing else).
The 26-year-old was a preseason star for the Ravens back in 2019, and Baltimore traded him to Minnesota in the middle of August. Yet the Vikings cut him before their opener and opted to keep Dan Bailey instead, meaning they spent a fifth-round draft pick to acquire a guy they had for a handful of days.
Since then, the Norway native has bounced all over the league. He went to Marshall before becoming a pro, where he handled punting duties in addition to placekicking.
Washington owns one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL, so they need every field goal and PAT they can get versus the Lions. As of now, it's a mystery as to who'll be responsible for executing those in Week 10. Whether it's a dinged-up Hopkins or a newly-elevated Vedvik, fans shouldn't take any attempt for granted come Sunday.