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Why Rivera didn't want McLaurin on the sideline during Sunday's game

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Due to an ankle injury, Terry McLaurin didn't take the field for Washington's 20-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. But he also wasn't on the sideline with his teammates either. 

So what was the reason?

“The biggest reason is you don’t want him on his feet with his high-ankle sprain. You want him off his feet. So, the best place we could have him was up in the box where it’s a little bit warmer," Ron Rivera said during his Monday availability.

Despite Sunday's loss, Washington remains in the driver's seat for the division title. If Washington can beat Philadelphia on Sunday night, the NFC East is theirs. For Rivera and Washington, getting their star wideout healthy is key. Download and subscribe to the Washington Football Talk Podcast

"Probably the smartest thing that we could’ve done with him as far as that’s concerned. We have him in a walking boot just to take a little pressure off that ankle."

These types of injuries usually have players out for multiple weeks, but Rivera is trying to stay optimistic saying that Washington is doing everything they can to create the opportunity for him to play this week. Another week of rest is crucial for McLaurin's availability for Sunday's primetime matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, and also Washington's hopes if they advance into the playoffs.