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Redskins tight end Fred Davis has torn Achilles

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Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis left Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a little over two minutes to play in the first quarter after suffering an apparent Achilles injury.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Davis' 2012 season is over as he has a torn Achilles tendon, a diagnosis that was confirmed after the game by head coach Mike Shanahan.

Davis was Robert Griffin's preferred target this season, entering Sunday as the Redskins' leader in targets (31), receptions (23) and receiving yards (312). Davis caught one pass for 13 yards prior to his injury. The injury is also a big blow to the Redskins' ground game as the 2008 second-round pick out of USC has worked hard to improve his blocking.

As evidenced in Week 7 by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, a torn Achilles tendon isn't necessarily a career-ending, or even career-threatening, injury. For Davis, though, this injury could not have come at a worse time. Davis is earning a fully guaranteed base salary of $5.446 million under the franchise tag, but is not guaranteed anything beyond this season.

At a cost of $6.535 million in 2013 (via a mandatory 20 percent increase), the Redskins are unlikely to use the franchise tag on Davis again next offseason and a season-ending injury less than a year after his 2011 season came to an end because of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy will hurt Davis' value on the free-agent market.

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