Defensive end Adam Carriker is expected to have to have surgery on his right knee, and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is believed to have re-injured the same left pectoral muscle that he tore in the 2011 season finale and had surgery to repair during the offseason.
Cornerback Josh Wilson left the game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion.
By the end of the game, the Redskins were down four defensive starters, counting strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who has missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury.
The injuries punctuated a poor showing by the defense that last week opened the season by limiting Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints’ prolific offense in a 40-32 victory. The Redskins allowed the Rams to rack up 452 yards on offense and to dominate them in most of the major statistical categories.
“Against the Saints, we knew it would be a tough go because of them having an explosive offense. We gave up 32 to the Saints, but that was a win. But giving up 31 today, you definitely don’t feel good about it,” inside linebacker London Fletcher said. “As the captain of the defense, I take responsibility that I need to get my guys to play better.”
The game started on a promising note.
On the first play from scrimmage, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford completed a pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola, who put a move on Redskins strong safety DeJon Gomes, and then picked up 13 yards. But near the end of Amendola’s run, Washington inside linebacker Perry Riley jarred the ball free of the receiver’s grasp. Wilson scooped up the loose ball and went 30 yards to the end zone to give his team a 7-0 lead just 11 seconds into the game.
But on the next play following the kickoff, Carriker — the team’s left defensive end — went down with a right knee injury and had to be helped off of the field. Carriker spent the bulk of the first half watching from the trainers’ table with his knee wrapped in ice. In the second half, he stood on the sideline with the aid of crutches.
“I was rushing the passer, planted on the right leg. . . . I have to see exactly what I was doing, but I just felt a lot of pain,” Carriker said. “I couldn’t really walk or put much pressure on it.”
“It was real hard. This game probably means a little more to me, personally,” added Carriker, who was facing the team that drafted him out of Nebraska in 2007.
Eleven plays after Carriker was hurt, Orakpo recorded a sack and forced fumble on Bradford. But the outside linebacker came up grabbing his left arm. Visibly upset, Orakpo threw his helmet as he came to the sideline, paced back and forth in front of the bench, and then took a knee and grabbed his arm again.