The Redskins' loss to the Falcons on Sunday was terrible.
But on Monday, it somehow got worse.
Brandon Scherff left that game with what was described as a shoulder injury, and, a day later, Ian Rapoport reported that Scherff actually tore his pec. Jay Gruden later confirmed that report and revealed Scherff is done for 2018.
There's no mystery as to how much this will hurt the Redskins offense.
Scherff was turning in another impressive campaign, playing a key role in Adrian Peterson's incredible year and serving up important blocks on a weekly basis. It's not hyperbole to say that the 'Skins have pretty much no hope of replacing his production at right guard.
To make things even more complicated, Shawn Lauvao is done for the year, too, with a leg injury of his own. Oh, and by the way, Trent Williams will be out a few more weeks, and Morgan Moses had to miss some snaps against Atlanta with some ailments too.
When Lauvao heads to the sideline, Washington brings in Tony Bergstrom to fill in for him, or they slide Chase Roullier over and use Bergstrom to head up the middle of the unit. With both guards now injured, it's unclear what Jay Gruden will do, but none of the options are promising.
Perhaps the team will elect to let Casey Dunn, an undrafted rookie, sub in for Scherff. They liked his physicality in training camp, but he's of course totally inexperienced.
Maybe they'll try and put Ty Nsekhe inside, which is how they handled the mid-game shuffling in Week 9. But Nsekhe is the primary backup to Williams, so if they do that, then they'll have to protect Alex Smith's blindside with rookie Geron Christian.
Or they could go out and try to sign a free agent. They have no guards on their practice squad, so this might be the best solution, with absolutely no emphasis being put on "best."
Overall, there's really no overstating how much the Redskins will miss Scherff. The offense was already having its problems with a talented O-line. Now that O-line is starting to crumble.
It's possible the entire offense begins crumbling, too.
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