Doughty was running to the scrum to try to help his teammates recover the football when he took a hit that caused his concussion. On the field, Doughty was down on all fours holding his head while trainers tended to him. Some reported of him even trying to walk to the wrong sideline afterward. Should Doughty's concussion be severe enough to keep him out of next Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, it would be a huge loss for the Redskins on two fronts.
The first front is the obvious one: defense. So far this season, Doughty has 26 total tackles and had six in Sunday's game before going down with the injury. Against the Green Bay Packer's in Week 2, he made a total of nine tackles. While Doughty isn't the best safety in the league, he has a nose for the football and rarely do you see him miss on assignments.
The second front where the Redskins would miss him is on special teams. An eight year veteran, Doughty is a special teams captain for Washington. The special teams are bad enough as it is and losing another key player from those units won't aid in fixing things.
Doughty will have to undergo concussion tests throughout the week, so there is a chance that he could play next Sunday. According to John Keim of ESPN.com, Doughty looked better than expected in the locker room following the game. Against Dallas, David Amerson suffered a concussion, but was able to play against the Bears after passing his series of tests.
According to the team depth chart on ESPN.com, Jose Gumbs should come in to replace Doughty. Although, we could see the Redskins plug rookie Bacarri Rambo in, as well. Rambo is an inexperienced player and showed some glaring tackling woes in preseason, while Gumbs is a solid tackler that earned a spot on the roster at the end of camp.
Whoever gets picked to replace Doughty -- and we could also see both of them play -- will have some big shoes to fill. Doughty has been a quietly consistent player for the Redskins that rarely makes mistakes. On top of his strong defensive play, his special teams efforts will be missed.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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