It started out like this last Sunday
And this is how it ended
Special contribution from Redskins Gab columnist:Keely Diven
So far this season, the Washington Redskins have played a conspicuously physical brand of football that has helped the team win tough games. Never was their tenacity more apparent than in week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, when the Redskins came back in the fourth quarter and won the game in overtime. Sunday was notable not only for the win, but also for the number of Packers that left the game with injury – 6 in total, including QB Aaron Rogers, TE Jermichael Finley, and LB Clay Matthews. To the teams that faced the Redskins before the Packers, the injury scenario looks all too familiar. In fact, Washington left a trail of carnage in the wake of each of its games. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest injuries suffered while playing against the ‘Skins this season.
Week 1 DAL at WAS
#94 LB DeMarcus Ware (neck/concussion) – During the 4th quarter of the season opener, McNabb handed off to former ‘Skins’ running back Larry Johnson, who was soon after tackled down by star linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Johnson was running with such force that Ware injured his neck on the tackle. Medical staff evaluated him for a few scary moments and he left the field on his own power. The injury was later revealed to be a slight concussion, but Ware came back the following weekend in the Cowboys’ loss to the Bears.
Week 2 HOU at WAS
#80 WR Andre Johnson (ankle) – Though Johnson had a big day against the Redskins, catching 12 passes for 158 yards and the game-tying touchdown in the 4th quarter, he hurt his ankle during the game. Johnson has been listed as questionable since. He played in Houston’s week 3 loss to Dallas, but missed the win against Oakland due to the ankle injury. He returned last Sunday against the Giants.
Week 3 WAS at STL
#39 RB Steven Jackson (groin) – Late in the 2nd quarter, Redskins’ safety LaRon Landry made initial contact to bring down Rams running back Steven Jackson and other Washington defenders piled on to stop him. The hit left Jackson with a strained groin muscle and forced him to leave for the remainder of the game. Jackson remains on the Rams’ injury list despite playing in the team’s next two outings.
Week 4 WAS at PHI
#7 QB Michael Vick (ribs) – By far the most notable injury sustained against the Redskins. Philadelphia’s new starting quarterback and the NFL’s comeback kid got sandwiched between Washington defenders DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore after a 23 yard run at the end of the first quarter. Vick staggered off the field and Kolb took over for the remainder of the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins. Tests showed damage to Vick’s rib cartilage and he did not play in the Eagles’ game against the 49ers. The date of his return remains uncertain. In the meantime, Kevin Kolb works on reclaiming the starting job.
#25 RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) – Versatile running back LeSean McCoy also hurt his ribs against the Redskins. He left before halftime with a rib injury after a hard hit by LaRon Landry, but returned late in the 3rd quarter. McCoy was listed as questionable but played week 5 against the 49ers.
#22 CB Asante Samuel (concussion) – The Eagles’ perennial pro-bowl cornerback Asante Samuel tackled Redskins’ fullback Mike Sellers early in the 4th quarter. The force of the impact gave Samuel a concussion and he did not return against the Redskins. The concussion also held him out of the Eagles’ week 5 win over the 49ers.
Week 5 GB at WAS
#88 TE Jermichael Finley (knee) – Jermichael Finley tore the meniscus in his right knee trying to bring down Washington safety Kareem Moore after Moore recovered a Green Bay fumble on the second play of the game. Finley will need to surgery to repair the meniscus rather than remove it, which extends his recovery time to 8 – 10 weeks, meaning he will likely miss the rest of the season. His absence is a huge blow to the Packers because Finley had become a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers. Finley ranked second on the team in receptions (21) and first in receiving yards (301).
#86 TE Donald Lee (shoulder) – As Donald Lee, the Packers’ other talented TE, dove for the end zone in the fourth quarter, he was met by Washington linebackers London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh. Though Lee came away with the touchdown, the hit injured his shoulder and forced him out for the remainder of the game. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
#12 QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) – On the Packers’ final play of overtime, LaRon Landry intercepted a pass by Aaron Rodgers, who was then tackled by Jeremy Jarmon. The helmet-to-helmet contact on the hit went unpenalized, but left Rodgers with a mild concussion. His status for next week remains uncertain, but Rodgers has returned to practice this week and seems optimistic about playing. Any time that Rodgers misses would be difficult for the Packers.
#52 LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) – Ok, so the Redskins can take no credit at all for this injury. Matthews exited the game at the end of the third quarter with hamstring cramps and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day on the injury report and could miss week 6. Matthews has had an outstanding season, leads the league in sacks, and is arguably Green Bay’s best defensive player.