The Redskins suffered an injury at a position where they could least afford to. Now they will have to wait to see how Matt Jones recovers.
Their starting running back left the game after being tackled on the sideline late in the first quarter. The second-year player suffered a sprain to his left AC joint.
“Just a little bruised up,” said Jones after the game. “Somebody landed on my shoulder. I was going down on my shoulder anyway but somebody landed on it.”
Jones said that he has no history of shoulder injuries and that he really doesn’t have a good feel for how serious this one might be. Although he minimized the pain he was in he appeared to have difficulty raising his elbow up to the level of his chest.
The problem here is that the Redskins have little proven depth at the running back position. Rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley are currently second and third (not necessarily in that order) on the depth chart. Neither was particularly impressive against the Jets with Marshall gaining 26 yards on 10 carries and Kelley gaining eight yards on three carries, the story said. There has been talk of the Skins bringing in another back and Pierre Thomas has been mentioned. Chris Thompson has admitted he's more of a change of pace, third down back than a direct backup to Jones. If Jones misses time, this has the looks of a committee situation, at least right now.