The Redskins’ special teams and depth at linebacker took a hit today. An MRI revealed that outside linebacker Houston Bates suffered a torn ACL on Monday night against the Panthers.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced the diagnosis on a conference call with reports this afternoon. Bates is headed to season-ending injured reserve.
Bates played just 24 snaps at outside linebacker this year but he did contribute heavily on special teams. To replace Bates on the roster the Redskins signed linbacker Zach Vigil, who was just waived by the Dolphins. Vigil played in 16 games for the Dolphins last year after making the team as an undrafted free agent with two starts.
Gruden also said that cornerback Quinton Dunbar is in the concussion protocol. If he is out on Saturday, the Redskins will be thin at cornerback. Dunbar has been the first cornerback off of the bench in nickel situations for the last couple of weeks. That job would fall to either Kendall Fuller, who was the nickel corner before being benched against the Eagles last week, or veteran Greg Toler.
Ryan Kerrigan has an elbow sprain but he reentered the game after suffering the injury in the third quarter. Toler was examined for a concussion during the game but he was cleared and returned to the game.