LANDOVER, Md. -- The Redskins' special teams suffered another blow Thursday as linebacker Adam Hayward suffered a season-ending knee injury, a source confirmed.
Hayward and coach Jay Gruden both said after the game that Hayward needed to be further evaluated Friday. However, the source said Hayward was done because of torn ACL suffered in the second quarter of Thursday's 21-17 win over Detroit. Hayward's 2014 season was cut short with a season-ending leg injury in Week 12.
Losing Hayward for the season is another crucial blow to the Redskins' special teams. They lost one of their leaders a week ago in tight end Niles Paul. The Redskins had three big leaders on special teams and two are now hurt, leaving Darrel Young as the main voice for that unit.
"Those are two gurus right there," Young said. "It's unfortunate that two of our guys go down, but guys have to step up in this situation. Right now it's on me. I'm the next guy up on special teams. I have to be a leader for guys. We've got Dashon Goldson, Jeron Johnson, guys who have been in this situation. We have to find the Redskins way and be better. Everyone knows special teams has been kind of rough for us the last couple years. We lost two of our best players. We'll see what happens."