COMMENTARY | Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys saw the Washington Redskins special teams produce their worst performance of the season. After the recent injury news regarding two important players, it doesn't look like they'll be improving anytime soon.
The first key injury is that of long snapper Nick Sundberg. Tests done after the game uncovered a torn meniscus in Sundberg's right knee. Sundberg has been a staple at long snapper for the Redskins' special teams units. In the midst of other things going wrong, the snaps have been consistent and solid throughout Sundberg's career with Washington.
Center Will Montgomery came in following Sundberg's injury to take over at long snapper. He did well, but you certainly want a long snapper by trait to be the guy sending the ball back to the holder or punter. Today, reports surfaced that the team has signed Kyle Nelson to take over the long snapping duties. Nelson has been a part of seven different NFL teams since going undrafted back in 2011.
The other key injury blow to the special teams unit is Brian Kehl's torn ACL in his left knee. Like Sundberg, Kehl has been a staple on the Redskins special teams units and has even seen some action on defense at linebacker. Primarily, though, he's a special teams player and has been a good one for Washington.
Today, it was reported that the Redskins have signed former St. Louis Ram linebacker Josh Hull and former Michigan State safety Trenton Robinson to fill in for the injured Kehl. Both will have quite a job ahead of them replacing Kehl as he was a solid utility player for Washington.
These are two huge blows to a special teams unit that was already lagging. Cowboys' returner Dwayne Harris racked up 222 return yards and a touchdown in Week 6. He had a 90-yard kickoff return that also set the Cowboys up for a quick 15-yard touchdown drive. If you eliminate his strong effort, the outcome of the game could have been different.
Up until now, the Redskins have been fairly lucky on the injury front. The players that have gotten banged up weren't out for very long, or at all, and their replacements were able to play well in their absence. Losing two quality players like Sundberg and Kehl, however, will be quite the loss for the Washington Redskins.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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