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Stephen Bowen has torn knee ligament

Stephen Bowen tore the PCL in his right knee against Chicago. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Stephen Bowen tore the PCL in his right knee against Chicago. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Defensive end Stephen Bowen tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee but his status for Sunday’s game against Denver remains uncertain at this point, Coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday.

The Redskins announced in the third quarter that Bowen had suffered a right knee injury and that he was being evaluated. Bowen returned and took some fourth-quarter snaps.

Immediately after the game, the Redskins didn’t yet know the extent of Bowen’s injury. Shanahan revealed on Monday that the team had learned that it was a torn PCL.

Bowen tore the PCL in his left knee during the 2011 season, but didn’t miss a game. He had surgery on the knee the following offseason and didn’t miss a game in 2012.

“Right now he’s sore,” Shanahan said. “We’ll probably know more in a couple days.”

Shanahan said that the team didn’t have an update on safety Reed Doughty, who left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Doughty as part of the league’s protocol for players that have suffered concussions will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he is allowed to practice or play.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● More from Mike Shanahan’s news conference.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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