Last week we reported that Redskins guard Arie Kouandjio had suffered a quad injury. Now there is a report that he will go under the knife and is likely to be out at least until the early part of the regular season. That timetable will create a roster dilemma for the Redskins.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said that Kouandjio will have surgery this week to repair a “partially torn” quad. The recovery will last “several months.”
J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reported last week that Kouandjio had been injured. When asked about the report, coach Jay Gruden confirmed that the fourth-year player did indeed sustain an injury.
“We’re going to get a second opinion on him, check out his quad, his quad tendon, see what happened,” said Gruden.
The result of the second opinion and an MRI confirmed the injury and the need for surgery.
The timing of the injury makes things very difficult on Kouandjio and it will result in a tough decision for the team. Kouandjio was going to compete with Shawn Lauvao for the starting job at left guard. But if the rehab takes four months, that puts it at a time when the Redskins will be preparing for their Week 2 regular season game.
The team’s choices are to put Kouandjio on injured reserve now or to keep him on the 90-man roster and then put him on the PUP list when training camp starts.
The problem with going on IR is that players put on that list before the cut to 53 players in September are not eligible to return during the season. That means that the injury would be season ending.
Carrying him on the 90-man roster does not present a big problem right now. However, during training camp nagging injuries tend to pile up and that 90th spot will start to look quite valuable.
A decision is likely to be made after the surgery.
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