ASHBURN, Virginia – The Washington Redskins lost another starter, though it might be for just one game.
Linebacker Zach Brown, the Redskins’ leading tackler, was ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the Arizona Cardinals. He has been dealing with an Achilles issue for most of the second half of the season. He also has toe and hip issues.
The Redskins already lost two other inside linebackers this season – Will Compton and Mason Foster, both of whom are on injured reserve. Martrell Spaight will start in place of Brown, alongside Zach Vigil. Without Brown, the Redskins lose a speedy linebacker. Rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons also will play linebacker; he has been playing in some sub packages.
Washington also will be without safety Montae Nicholson, who will miss a fourth straight game because of a concussion. The Redskins have missed his combination of size and speed in the secondary, forcing D.J. Swearinger to play more free safety. He was caught out of position last week on a 75-yard touchdown pass and has been most effective this season playing closer to the line.
Seven players were listed as questionable: left tackle Trent Williams, right tackle Morgan Moses, linebacker Ryan Anderson, receiver Ryan Grant, receiver Maurice Harris, defensive lineman Terrell McClain and center Chase Roullier.
Williams did not participate in any practices this week. In recent weeks, Williams would be limited on Friday before playing Sunday. If he can’t start then Ty Nsekhe would take his place, working against Arizona outside linebacker Chandler Jones in pass-rush situations.