Shanahan talks Crawford injury, punt return options
Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford’s knee injury was worse than initially believed, Coach Mike Shanahan said.
The second year cornerback/punt returner suffered tears to his ACL, LCL and MCL during Saturday’s game and faces a nine month recovery. On Monday, Crawford was waived with an injured designation. If he clears, he’ll revert to the team’s injured reserve list.
“He was really disappointed,” Shanahan said. “He worked extremely hard to put himself in the position that he [was] at right now,” Shanahan said. “He’s a great kid and an unbelievable worker. He’s done everything you ask the kid to do to give himself the opportunity to be successful. It is a blow not only to him but to us, when you lose a good football player. But that’s the nature of the business.”
On Saturday night, Crawford tweeted: “Thanks everyone for wishes. Time to work now.”
Crawford had been poised to be Washington's top punt returner and fifth cornerback. His injury opened has the door for a new punt returner and likely clinched Chase Minnifield’s spot at corner.