The Redskins defensive line took a major blow this week as a source tells NBC Sports Washington that Jonathan Allen and Caleb Brantley will not play against Dallas. ESPN 980 first reported the news on Allen.
Allen hurt his knee last week in Philadelphia, and while there has been some speculation he will return this week for the Cowboys game, the medical staff doesn't think his knee sprain will allow him on the field, per the source. For Brantley, the injury dates back to early August when he first injured his foot. Brantley tried to play a bit against the Eagles but reaggravated the foot.
After Allen hurt his knee last week, the Redskins defense fell apart.
The team gave up three straight touchdowns to open the second half and the Eagles run game took over. It didn't help that Brantley couldn't play either, and Washington was limited to just three defensive linemen that could play in Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle.
Expect the Redskins to activate Treyvon Hester and TY McGill against Dallas to have five healthy players on the defensive front. That allows the team to put Allen and Brantley on the inactive list and hold their roster spots.
Allen could be back for the Chicago game in Week 3, but the prognosis for Brantley seems much murkier.
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