Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Paea suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his toe in Monday's loss to Dallas and will miss at least a week, maybe more.
Paea’s injury costs the Redskins one of their strengths -- depth along the line -- and will prevent him from playing at the Chicago Bears, his former team, on Sunday. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said there’s a chance Paea will miss more than a week, saying it would be “one or two weeks, minimum.”
Paea lost his starting job to Chris Baker earlier this season, but when healthy has played 20-25 snaps per game. The Redskins could opt to use Frank Kearse as part of the rotation. Defensive end Jason Hatcher left Monday’s game with an ankle injury and later a stinger -- he also was evaluated for a concussion (and did not have one).
Other injury updates:
Linebacker Will Compton: Sprained his shoulder, but Gruden did not sound concerned about his availability for Sunday.
Running back Chris Thompson: Also sprained his shoulder and needed an MRI.
Tight end Derek Carrier: He did not play because of ankle and Achilles issues, but Gruden said he expects him to take more reps this week. Without him, the Redskins had to alter their game plan and tip their hand more when it came to formations, using tackles Tom Compton and Ty Nsekhe as tackles.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson: Was active but did not play because of his shoulder. He’s still trying to get strength back in his shoulder. He was left active in case of an emergency (with Perry Riley, Jr., out the Redskins lacked depth at inside linebacker). Gruden said there’s a chance Robinson will be available to play Sunday. The Redskins liked what they saw from inside linebackers Will Compton and Mason Foster Monday night. Compton will remain in the starting lineup when Robinson and Riley are both healthy. It’s uncertain yet what will happen with Foster.
S Jeron Johnson: Suffered a hamstring injury and is day-to-day.