After a season-ending knee injury to Trent Murphy against the Ravens in the preseason opener, the Redskins are now more dependent on rookie outside linebacker Ryan Anderson this year.
Coupled with the fact that Junior Galette is missing time with a hamstring injury, after missing the last two seasons with Achilles injuries, and Washington has depth issues at outside linebacker.
Anderson has ability, particularly against the run, but is also dealing with his own injury.
In the team's first practice after last Thursday's loss to the Ravens, Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed that Anderson sustained a stinger in Baltimore.
"I think Ryan Anderson has a stinger. I don’t know if he’s going to do much today," Gruden said back on August 12.
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Fast forward nearly a week, and there still hasn't been much information on Anderson.
He did not practice on Wednesday, and was in uniform on Thursday though he didn't participate much, if at all. Now, Anderson might even play Saturday against the Packers (6:30 p.m., CSN).
"He had a stinger and we’re going to let him dress in pregame warmup on Saturday and see where he is. He has total mobility now back, I think he’s fine, but we just want to make sure he has strength back in it," Gruden said of Anderson.
Gruden's comments sound scary, especially the phrase "total mobility now back."
That's also the nature of a stinger. And in a way, the nature of football.
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Anderson played 35 snaps against the Ravens in the preseason opener.
If he plays against the Packers, expect much less than that, even with the Redskins depth issues at outside linebacker.
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