Nothing comes simple in the NFL, and for the Redskins offense, nothing comes easy either. The unit struggles to score, and the injuries continue to pile up on that side of the ball too.
With a red-hot Texans team coming to FedEx Field this Sunday, the Washington offense will again be undermanned.
Jay Gruden already ruled out six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams for this week's matchup against Houston, and the coach said there was a "pretty good chance" Chris Thompson would miss the game as well.
Expect the Redskins to roll out the same offensive line that played for most of the win against Tampa:
LT: Ty Nsekhe
LG: Jonathan Cooper
C: Chase Roullier
RG: Tony Bergstrom
RT: Morgan Moses
Just because the same starting five will take the field against Houston doesn't mean there hasn't been more upheaval on the Redskins offensive line. Rookie tackle Geron Christian injured his knee in temporary work against Tampa and is now out for the season. That means the Redskins third tackle for Houston will be Austin Howard, who was signed last week.
More importantly, it means right now the Redskins are living on the edge. Literally. With Williams already ruled out, Washington only has three tackles on the roster for Sunday, and both Nsekhe and Moses were limited in Wednesday's practice and are playing through a number of injuries.
While things seem one injury away from a dire situation on the O-line, the situation seems more fluid at wide receiver.
Rookie wide receiver Trey Quinn got moved to the active roster on Wednesday after news came out of another MRI for Jamison Crowder.
Quinn was injured in the season opener in Arizona and moved to injured reserve. He's missed the last eight games but could give the passing game a boost, especially because it sounds like Crowder will miss his sixth straight game.
Gruden revealed that Crowder had another MRI on his ankle "to make sure that we’re not putting too much work on him right now, make sure he gets healed. We don’t think it’s that far away but we do probably need to take a little more time."
Asked if Crowder could eventually land on the IR, ending his season, Gruden said, "we hope not."
Not having Thompson and Crowder are two huge losses for QB Alex Smith. Kapri Bibbs has been a solid stand-in for Thompson, but it's not the same. Quinn now has a chance to help in place of Crowder, and in turn, let Maurice Harris get back to working in outside.
For Sunday's game against Houston, Josh Doctson will start and play the X receiver position. If Quinn can get up to speed quickly and work in the slot WR role on Sunday, then Harris will lineup opposite Doctson at the Z position.
If there is any good news, or at least stable news, Alex Smith, Adrian Peterson, and Jordan Reed all seem healthy. In fact, Reed wasn't on Wednesday's injury report at all, and Peterson said he's beginning to "feel all the way healthy."
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