Shanahan talks Crawford injury, punt return options
Redskins cornerback and punt returner Richard Crawford is out of the season with a knee injury.
Mike Shanahan made the announcement that team trainers determined that Crawford had torn his LCL and a possible his ACL while returning a punt late in the first quarter.
Crawford, who was expected to be the team’s top punt returner during the regular season, had his right knee buckle under him as he was being tackled.
Crawford was in his second season with the Redskins. He took over the punt return duties with four games to go and averaged 19.5 yards on eight punt returns. In his first game as a returner he took one back 64 yards against the Ravens to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. He also was expected to compete for playing time as a backup cornerback.
With Crawford out, rookies Chris Thompson, Skye Dawson, and Nick Williams are expected to compete for the punt returner position. Thompson averaged 16 yards on three returns after Crawford’s exit including a 31-yarder.