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Friday, August 29, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Chris Neild, Akeem Jordan suffer knee injuries

By on 8/29/2014 10:02:00 AM

The Washington Redskins wrapped up their NFL preseason last night with a 24-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately for Washington, two veterans suffered knee injuries which places their upcoming season in jeopardy. Nose tackle Chris Neild and inside linebacker Akeem Jordan were both forced out of the game early last night, and the outlook isn't too bright for either athlete according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Both Neild and Jordan were playing last night due to the fact they were still on the roster bubble, as neither of them securing a solid spot during training camp this summer. 

Neild suffered the injury with just less than five minutes left in the first quarter while trying to defend a run play.  The fourth-year pro was carted off the field and after the game Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that tests indicated that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. More tests will be done today, as the full extent of the damage wasn’t immediately available.

Neild missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and potentially the same injury in the other knee would undoubtedly end his 2014 campaign before it starts.  Playing in just 24 games for Washington in three years, Neild has a career 16 combined tackles and two sacks. 

Meanwhile, backup inside linebacker Akeem Jordan also left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and has a preliminary diagnosis of a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL).  Jordan will have more tests today to determine the prognosis and timetable of return.

Jordan is going into his eighth season in the NFL and joined the Redskins in March during the NFL free agency period. Washington signed the 29 year-old linebacker to a one-year contract worth $920,000 with a guaranteed $65,000.  Playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, he has accumulated 329 combined tackles, six forced fumbles and two interceptions in 98 games. 

Compared to the rest of the league, the Redskins actually fared well in regards to injuries this offseason.  Despite the potential loss of Neild and Jordan, Washington has a majority of starters and key reserves healthy. Casualties include backup safety Phillip Thomas with soreness in his foot ,wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (ACL) and defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee microfracture surgery). 

Hankerson and Bowen were injured last season and have been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since the start of training camp. Redskins camp hasn't made the announcement yet, but it seems likely that they will start the season on PUP, putting them out for a minimum of six weeks. 

As for Neild and Jordan, the final diagnosis of their injuries may determine their fate in Washington, and while coaches begin to trim the final roster number to 53, the only thing these two defenders can do is wait.

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