Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen will miss the remainder of the season with what is believed to be cartilage damage that will require microfracture surgery to repair, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Bowen tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late last month, and had played through the injury. He further injured his knee in last week’s game at Philadelphia and missed three days of practice leading up to Washington’s game against San Francisco.

Shanahan announced on Monday that Bowen is expected to have exploratory surgery on the knee and that there’s a strong possibility that microfracture surgery will be needed, the coach said.


Shanahan said that Bowen could miss up to six months while recovering from surgery.

On Sunday, Chris Baker started in place of Bowen at right end and recorded three tackles, one for a loss.


Update, 4:58 p.m.:

The Redskins announced they have promoted wide receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad to active roster, while also placing Bowen on injured reserve and waiving backup cornerback Jerome Murphy. The team also added cornerback Peyton Thompson to the practice squad.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday and 10:25 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.

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