Master Tesfatsion, Dan Steinberg and Scott Allen kick off the day discussing one of the more pressing questions facing the Washington Redskins. You can keep the chat going on Twitter or in the comment section below.
Master Tesfatsion: There’s so many injuries along the offensive line that it’s difficult to pinpoint one player. Having said that, I’m going to go with someone along the defensive line. Matt Ioannidis would be a huge loss to a unit already dealing with the loss of Jonathan Allen, who was placed in injured reserve two weeks ago.
Ioannidis was having a great year in his second season before fracturing his left hand in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday, according to Redskins Coach Jay Gruden. The timetable for the injury is unclear, but Washington could be without its two best pass rushers along the defensive line. The entire defense would suffer as a result.
Dan Steinberg: Wait, are you doing that just to allow us to take the obvious answer? I’ll bite. It’s Trent Williams. He’s probably the best player on the team. He’s certainly a key to the offense, which is the key to the team’s success. Plus his backup and his backup’s backup are both hurt. Someone named Tyler Catalina wound up playing left tackle in Washington’s final drive against the Cowboys; he was a rookie who Jay Gruden said had never played left tackle before. I mean, that doesn’t seem like a great situation.
I will grant your point that Brandon Scherff and Spencer Long are also banged up. Well, and Shawn Lauvao and Morgan Moses too. And bringing back just one starter in that wasteland might not matter much. But Williams also seems to me like the soul of the offense, and I can’t see how you would ever choose anyone else over him.
That said, his injury is serious and has gotten worse, and I don’t expect him to play on Sunday. I also don’t think it would be wise for him to play.
Scott Allen: Well, this is certainly depressing. I agree with Dan. While the loss of Ioannidis is a big blow, Trent Williams is more important to the team’s success. In the interest of debate and because I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that Williams shouldn’t even attempt play on what’s left of his right knee, I’ll go another route and say Terrelle Pryor. Wait, he’s not hurt?
But seriously, even excluding Williams, I think it has to be someone along the offensive line. Vegas oddsmakers might tout the importance of Long, but rookie Chase Roullier held his own in soggy conditions against the Cowboys. I’ll say it’s Scherff. In addition to giving the Redskins a Pro-Bowler to anchor the line and increase the likelihood that Kirk Cousins makes it through the season in one piece with Williams out, he’s been a beast in the screen game to Chris Thompson.
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