Receiver Washington Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder was downgraded for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. This will be the fifth consecutive game he has missed since he injured his ankle in the defeat against New Orleans on October 8th.
Crowder did some practice testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week, but it always seemed difficult to expect that he could play Sunday against the Buccaneers. He said his injury, initially described as a sprained ankle, was actually more serious and needed more time to heal.
The coaches in Washington expected Crowder to play an important role in the team's offensive this year after capturing 66 passes for 789 yards last season. But his leg injury earned him only four games and 13 receptions for 134 yards.
Jay Gruden, coach of the Redskins and Redskins, said the wide catcher had to let his ankle heal completely before he could play a game.
The defeat is another blow for an attack that will be missed by Chris Thompson, third-sided (coast) specialist, and left tackle Trent Williams (in). Washington has also lost starting goaltenders Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff for the coming season against Atlanta. Receiver Paul Richardson suffered a shoulder surgery last week and is also out for the season.
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