RICHMOND—The Redskins have lost another tight end.
Logan Paulsen will have season-ending surgery on his toe, Coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Saturday. The news comes three days after starter Niles Paul was lost for the year with an ankle injury that he suffered in the preseason opener.
The injuries to Paul and Paulsen, who had not missed a game in four seasons, leave the Redskins without two of their top three players at the position. And their other veteran tight end, Jordan Reed, is nursing a hamstring strain that sidelined him Thursday in Cleveland.
Gruden acknowledged that the Redskins will bring in some free agents for workouts; reserve tackle Tom Compton lined up at tight end on a few snaps. But for now, he and GM Scot McCloughan want to see if any of the youngsters on the team will step up.
“We’ve got [Je’Ron] Hamm, [Devin] Mahina and [Chase] Dixon, and we will have to make do with those guys and see what they have,” Gruden added. “We’ll work out a couple of guys out here shortly, but we have three players in-house that are capable right now and we have to work to get them better.”
Hamm, Mahina and Dixon have no NFL experience in the regular season. But they’ve also got the opportunity of a lifetime.
“It’s something that they’re a work in progress, and these weeks leading up to the first regular season game are going to be very important,” said Gruden, noting that he wants to see improved blocking from the young tight ends. “You’ve got Detroit obviously; you have a very tough Baltimore front. We have some games that we can get a good look.”
With Reed still sidelined, Hamm worked with the first team offense on Saturday. Reed, however, says he hopes to return to practice by Monday.