The Washington Redskins have lost yet another player to injury. Third-string cornerback Richard Crawford sustained multiple injuries to the ligaments in his left knee. Hopefully, this will be the last season-ending injury of the 2013 NFL preseason, but only time will tell.
On a three-yard punt return in the third Redskins preseason game in which they beat the Buffalo Bills 30-7, Crawford took a hit wrong and went down. It was later confirmed by Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan he had torn the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
Crawford was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins. Right away, he starting giving former Redskins Brandon Banks competition at the punt return position, and after an impressive 2012 preseason, he made the final 53-man roster.
Throughout the season, Crawford was rather unimpressive, but remained consistent as a backup cornerback. It was not until week 14 that he took over punt return duties for the inactive Banks. As a rookie, Crawford averaged 19.5 yards per punt return.
After the Redskins preseason game versus the Bills, Crawford was seen walking around the locker room in crutches. The damage to his ligaments will keep him out for the rest of the year. Crawford was developing into a young talented player for the Redskins. Hopefully, the recovery process will not take too long and he will be able to return fully healthy for the Redskins 2014 NFL season.
The team needs not to worry, there are plenty of other willing candidates ready to take Crawford’s job. How much better they will do, we cannot tell. The regular season will launch them into the highest levels of professional football. Just like Crawford, another rookie will be ready to prove his worth.