It appears that the Washington Redskins have lost one of their best pass-rushers for the season after suffering an injury in the loss to the Ravens.
There was a lot of promising news when it came to the much-maligned Washington Redskins’ defense of recent seasons. The team got defensive end Jonathan Allen with the 17th overall pick. Team president Bruce Allen signed veteran free agents such as Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee to bolster the line. He added inside linebacker Zach Brown and safety D.J. Swearinger via free agency as well.
Bruce Allen used a second-round pick in April on Jonathan Allen’s teammate with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Outside linebacker Ryan Anderson has shown plenty of promise. But now he and Junior Galette (currently nursing a hamstring injury) will obviously be even busier this season.
Although he was slated to miss the first four games of the regular season due to a league suspension, outside linebacker Trent Murphy will now reportedly miss all of 2017. In the team’s 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, the potent pass rusher tore his left ACL and is now expected to miss the season (via Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post). Although Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith were the club’s starters at outside linebacker for all 16 games this past season, Murphy finished second on the team with nine sacks, two behind Kerrigan (11).
It’s certainly a blow for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s unit. And the Washington Redskins were going to be without Trent Murphy for one-fourth of the season to begin with. Time for the likes of Galette and Anderson to step to the forefront.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.