The Redskins suffered another blow Tuesday when starting defensive end Stephen Bowen was lost for the season because of a right knee injury.
Bowen did not play in the team’s 27-6 loss to the 49ers after aggravating an injury that he originally suffered against the Bears. He tweaked the knee in practice earlier this month and left last Sunday’s game against the Eagles in the second half.
The 29-year-old had 19 combined tackles in 10 games.
“Unfortunately, in his cartilage, they’re going to go in sometime next week, after Thanksgiving,” for surgery, Coach Mike Shanahan said. “They’re going to take a look at it, and there’s a possible microfracture with it after they look at the cartilage, but he’ll be out the remainder of the season.”
If microfracture surgery is required, it’s possible Bowen could miss some, if not all, of next offseason.
“If he does have the microfracture like they think it might be, it’ll take about a six-month recovery,” Shanahan said. “He’s had a lot of fluid for a few days and they think it’s in his best interest … that he gets it operated on. Obviously, any time you lose a guy like Stephen, it’s a blow to your football team.”
Shanahan also said tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) is feeling better and that fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) worked out on a treadmill Tuesday. Both players sat out Monday’s game.