The Redskins got some bad news on the injury front on Friday afternoon. Then they got some that wasn’t great but not nearly as bad.
Shortly after it was reported that OLB Trent Murphy will be out for the season with a torn ACL, ESPN reported that safety Su’a Craves only will miss two to three weeks after he also injured his knee against the Ravens on Friday.
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Per the report, Cravens’ injury was a “tweak”. He left the game after the first defensive series as was planned. Fellow safety D.J. Swearinger told reporters that he did not notice anything wrong with Cravens until he saw him getting treated. In the second half, Cravens was spotted on the sideline dressed in sweats.
The timetable means that Cravens could play in the Redskins’ third preseason game, which is against the Bengals two weeks from Sunday. It is more likely, however, that we will not see Cravens on the field until they take on the Eagles in the regular season opener on September 10.
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Even if he does not miss any games that count, the injury is an issue for Cravens. He is switching positions from nickel linebacker to strong safety and he needs all of the work he can get at safety.
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The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections.
With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college.
Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game.
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NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.
That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:
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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:
If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues.
New York will surely update his status once they find out more.
UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.
The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:
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