East Rutherford, N.J. – Robert Griffin III and the Redskins came up short in the team’s NFC East opener Sunday at MetLife Stadium, falling 27-23 to Eli Manning and the Giants.
The Redskins, however, faced potentially bigger issues after the game.
Tight end Fred Davis – Washington’s leading receiver entering the afternoon – suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury in the first quarter and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a ProFootballTalk.com report.
Davis appeared to suffer the injury while running a route deep in the Redskins’ territory. Davis had to be helped to the sideline, and after the medical staff worked on him for several minutes, the team announced that Davis would not return.
In the third quarter, the veteran returned to the sideline, his left leg in an immobilizing boot, crutches at his side and a glum look on his face.
Davis arrived in the Meadowlands leading the Redskins in the game as the Redskins’ leading receiver, having hauled in 23 passes for 312 yards and no touchdowns. Before getting hurt, Davis had one reception for 13 yards and an illegal shift that negated a Josh Morgan touchdown reception.
Coach Mike Shanahan was expected to give an update following the loss that all but erased any momentum the Redskins’ gained from last week’s victory over the Vikings.
The Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw scored from a yard out moments into the fourth quarter to put the home team ahead 20-13.
Later in the fourth, the Redskins rallied on a perfectly-placed 30-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to Santana Moss with 1:32 that put Washington ahead 23-20. Earlier on the drive, Griffin converted a fourth down with a scintillating scramble and pass to Logan Paulsen for 19 yards.
But what had been shaping up to be the signature comeback of Griffin’s young career disintegrated moments later. Manning hit Victor Cruz in stride for a 77-yard touchdown pass that put the Giants ahead for good, 27-23.
In the coming days, the Redskins figure to be as concerned about the defeat as the injury to Davis, which removes a key weapon from one of the NFL’s top-rated offenses.