ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster suffered a season-ending tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Monday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He was injured on the third snap of the workforce’s first organized workforce exercise session and was carted off the sector. He later underwent an MRI. A supply mentioned that Foster will see a specialist to see if his knee suffered extra harm than simply the ACL tear.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden mentioned Foster stepped on the foot of offensive lineman Tyler Catalina as he rushed a spot at three-quarters pace.
When Foster was on the bottom, he was surrounded by a number of workforce officers, together with president Bruce Allen and Gruden. Former Alabama teammate Landon Collins additionally joined them and Malcolm Bracken, the director of participant improvement, kneeled and patted Foster on the chest. At one level Foster turned to his proper and pounded the turf together with his fists. He might be heard crying, placing his fingers to his helmet as his head bobbed. As he was carted off, Allen ran again to the ability to be with Foster.
Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster is carted off the sector after struggling an obvious leg damage throughout apply. AP
It was Foster’s first rep in full-team work with Washington, and it occurred throughout a session Gruden referred to as a “jog-through.”
It is the newest damage for a workforce besieged by them the previous two years. The Redskins have had a mixed 52 gamers on injured reserve the previous two seasons, although a handful of them had been damage in camp and may not have made the roster. Final season they misplaced key gamers reminiscent of quarterback Alex Smith, working backs Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson, and tight finish Jordan Reed. The Redskins have gone 7-9 every of these seasons.
“I do not know course of it,” Gruden mentioned. “We have had some unhealthy luck over right here for the final couple years, however this one right here takes the cake as a result of this was a non-contract drill and there was no contact concerned in it. He simply landed humorous. However we’ve to maneuver on. We have now to get guys able to play which might be right here. We have got to do the very best we will to get Reuben wholesome once more and transfer on.
“Typically I want we would just do all walk-throughs after which go play on Sundays, however we have got to apply.”
Gruden was in favor of drafting Foster two years in the past, however the Redskins opted for Jonathan Allen as an alternative. However Gruden at all times favored what Foster might add. The Redskins lower beginning linebacker Zach Brown earlier this offseason, however they seemingly would have executed that even when Foster wasn’t round.
“I really like the vitality he brings to this workforce,” Gruden mentioned of Foster. “… I used to be excited to see him, for positive. He is devastated; he felt one thing occur in his leg. We have got to get all of the assessments again, however he is very upset about it. He was fairly damage.”
The Redskins claimed Foster off waivers from San Francisco in November, three days after he was arrested for a home violence cost. The costs had been later dropped and the NFL determined final month to not droop Foster.
The Redskins had deliberate to start out him as one in every of their two inside linebackers, in all probability alongside former Alabama teammate Shaun Dion Hamilton. Washington loves Foster’s pace and athleticism inside.
It is unsure how the Redskins will change Foster. Former starter Mason Foster, usually criticized for his lack of pace, mentioned he misplaced 15 kilos this offseason in an try and get sooner. The Redskins drafted a linebacker, Cole Holcomb, within the fifth spherical final month and so they even have veteran Josh Harvey-Clemons, thought of extra of a nickel linebacker. They might look so as to add a veteran.
Foster suffered an ankle damage as a rookie with the 49ers, inflicting him to overlook 5 video games. He was suspended for the primary two weeks of 2018 for a weapons offense and a misdemeanor drug offense. One other home violence cost, involving the identical lady from November, was dropped.