It looked like nose tackle Chris Neild was facing an uphill battle to make the Redskins’ roster. Now he may be facing a bigger challenge.
Neild went down late in the first quarter while defending on a running play. He was carted off the field and after the game Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that tests indicated that he tore the ACL in his right knee.
If further tests confirm the injury it will be the second torn ACL that Neild has suffered. He missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Neild was not the only roster bubble player who suffered a knee injury last night. Inside linebacker Akeem Jordan left the game with a knee injury. The preliminary diagnosis was a sprained MCL although, as with Neild, further tests will be needed to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.
Despite the injuries last night, the Redskins fared better than most NFL teams in the injury department this calendar year. They will go into the season opener in Houston on September 8 with almost all of their anticipated starters and key reserves healthy.
The exceptions are backup safety Phillip Thomas, who has some soreness in his foot examined this week, and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (ACL) and defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee microfracture surgery). Both of them suffered their injuries in 2013 and have been on the PUP list since the start of training camp. Although Gruden said that a determination has yet to be made on either of the players, it seems likely that they will start the season on PUP, putting them out for a minimum of six weeks.