Injuries happen across the NFL, but in few places do injuries happen like they do in Washington. For the second straight season, 20 players landed on the Redskins injured reserve list.
For Jay Gruden's squad, the news somehow continues to get worse, even with a possible playoff spot within grasp.
Everybody knows the Redskins will head into Nashville on Saturday afternoon starting fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson. Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffered broken legs, and Mark Sanchez was ineffective. Johnson won last week in Jacksonville, and frankly, is an intriguing prospect that is easy for fans to support.
The latest injury news for Washington is about players to whom Johnson might throw passes.
Jordan Reed won't play. Gruden made that clear on Thursday. That's not a huge surprise, but losing guys like Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis won't help, and that could well be the case.
Doctson missed Thursday's practice with lower back spasms, and Davis entered the NFL's concussion protocol. Both players could suit up Saturday, but it's really hard to know.
Another pass catcher, Maurice Harris, might miss Sunday's game due to a concussion, and the team called up Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad just in case.
There's also a big question at offensive guard, as Ty Nsekhe hasn't practiced all week. Tony Bergstrom has, and his return could help if Nsekhe doesn't play, but it's not an even swap.
Add it all up, especially facing a stout Titans defense, and the injuries make winning in Tennessee an even harder proposition. And Las Vegas already installed the Redskins double-digit underdogs.
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