CLEVELAND -- Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul will miss the rest of the 2015 season after dislocating his left ankle during Washington's preseason opener Thursday night, coach Jay Gruden said.
Paul was carted off the field during the first quarter of Washington's 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Before Paul was placed on the cart, trainers put an air cast on his left leg.
Paul was engaged in a block when his left leg was rolled on by Cleveland linebacker Craig Robertson at the end of a run play to the right side. Paul's left leg rolled to the inside, and he immediately turned over and lay face down.
He showed his disappointment in a series of posts Friday morning on Twitter.
Life can be cruel sometimes. Thank you for all your well wishes & prayers. They are very much appreciated— Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) August 14, 2015
The Redskins could be in bad shape at tight end. Paul, who switched from receiver in 2012, had been working as the No. 1 tight end.
Tight end Je'Ron Hamm left Thursday's game with a left thigh injury, and the team already was without backups Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Logan Paulsen (toe). Paulsen, who saw a foot specialist earlier this week, might miss extended time.
The Redskins also lost running back Silas Redd to a knee injury in Thursday's game. Gruden said Redd has possible tears to his ACL and MCL.