The Washington Redskins got good news Sunday when an MRI exam confirmed that starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered only a bruised left knee in Saturday night's preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Redskins also took another blow after it was revealed that linebacker Marcus Washington will be out at least a week with a dislocated right elbow.
Redskins officials indicated following the game that they felt Campbell's knee injury, which occurred in the first quarter, was only a bruise and that Campbell did not suffer any kind of ligament damage. The MRI showed no structural loss of integrity in the knee and Campbell will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.
Campbell, a the third-year veteran, has some swelling and soreness, but his range of motion is good, and he could re-join practice this week.
"It was a scary moment," Campbell told the team's Web site after the game. "I just felt a guy hit me from my backside. Fortunately, my foot was able to move a little bit. That probably saved me from a [torn ligament].
"You just think about all the things you have done to lead up to the season and hope that it doesn't go down the drain."
Washington had a large brace on his elbow, which rested in a
black sling. He said he was already making progress -- he can put
his socks on by himself -- and he remained optimistic that he can
return in a couple of weeks, or at least in time for the regular
season opener Sept. 9. Trainer Bubba Tyer ruled Washington out for
this week and will provide an update next week.
"Just going to let nature take its course," Washington said.
"You really can't do a lot right now."
Washington said his hand went numb and his elbow looked "real
disfigured" after it got caught between two helmets while making a
tackle. The training staff popped the elbow back into place, and
he'll probably have to play with a brace when he returns.
Washington's replacement at strongside linebacker probably will
be Khary Campbell or Lemar Marshall. Washington had hip, elbow and
knee injuries last season but came to camp rejuvenated this season,
hoping to stay healthy as he took a more aggressive role in the
The play on which Campbell was injured came with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter, on a second-and-six from the Redskins' 36-yard line. Campbell threw complete to tight end Chris Cooley, but his left knee then buckled when Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel rolled into him. Keisel was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer, moving the ball to the Steelers' 20-yard line.
It is likely that the play will be reviewed by the NFL and Keisel could face a fine.
Campbell, who finished the game with six completions in eight attempts for 75 yards, was replaced by Todd Collins, who is battling Mark Brunell for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Campbell was able to walk to the locker room under his own power to be examined and to have ice applied to the knee.
"My heart would be in my throat with just about every player out there, but some of them obviously carry a big load for us," coach Joe Gibbs said. "I always worry about it. It's the number one thing that I think about and pray about."
A former Auburn star, Campbell, chosen by the Redskins in the first round of the 2005 draft, is a key to the team's improvement and certainly to its future.
Campbell, 25, didn't play a single snap as a rookie, but then replaced Brunell at the midway point of the 2006 campaign. In seven starts, he completed 110 of 207 passes for 1,297 yards, with 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions, for a passer rating of 76.5.
Blessed with prototype size, pocket stature and a big arm, Campbell was impressive in his seven starts last season and is definitely regarded as an ascending player in the league.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.