The banged up Washington Redskins just keep getting hurt.
After a promising start of the season, the Redskins continue to slump.
Here’s the latest injury news of note:
Call it adding injury to insult.
Middle linebacker London Fletcher and right defensive end Andre Carter dragged themselves onto FedEx Field despite severely ailing feet, and right defensive tackle Kedric Golston’s sprained right ankle kept him out of Sunday’s game. Now the receding Redskins might be without their top player when they play the surging Ravens this Sunday in Baltimore.
Running back Clinton Portis, who played the past two weeks despite not having practiced, jammed his neck during the 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. Adding that injury to the pulled oblique muscle he suffered during the previous week’s victory at Seattle and the sprained left knee incurred during the Nov. 3 loss to Pittsburgh, and Portis is a mess.
Portis came into the New York game as the NFL’s top rusher, having gained 143 yards on 29 carries against the Seahawks. However, Portis managed just 22 yards on 11 carries against the Giants, his lowest production in more than three years.
Portis isn’t the only banged-up Redskin. Left tackle Chris Samuels, the only offensive starter to miss a game (Week 8, sprained knee), aggravated that injury against the Giants especially after Zorn dialed up almost exclusively passes with Washington down big in the fourth quarter.
Then there’s cornerback Shawn Springs, who strained/pulled his left calf for the third time this year. Springs was injured Week 4 at Dallas, returned after missing a game only to hurt the calf much more severely in practice on Oct. 18. He was sidelined for a month before returning at Seattle.
Finally, while defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin survived the Giants game without further damage to his injured shoulder, Golston might not be back for the Ravens game. Strong side linebacker Marcus Washington figures to sit out a third game in a row with a high ankle sprain. And Zorn said that quarterback Jason Campbell almost lost a fingernail off his throwing hand against the Giants.