Washington places RB J.D. McKissic on IR ahead of Week 15 vs. Eagles

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Washington places RB J.D. McKissic on IR originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football Team offense will be without one of its most important pieces for at least the foreseeable future.

Do-it-all running back J.D. McKissic was placed on Injured Reserve due to a neck injury, the team announced on Tuesday in a slew of roster moves. As a result, McKissic will miss the team's next three games at a minimum, beginning with Washington's Week 15 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night.

McKissic has not played since Washington's Week 12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, where he was carted off in the fourth quarter after taking a brutal hit to the head. McKissic entered concussion protocol and cleared it this past weekend, but also suffered a neck injury from the hit as well.

Losing McKissic means Washington will be without one of its most versatile playmakers. He's second on the team in both receptions (no running back has more catches than McKissic since the start of 2020) and receiving yards. McKissic also plays a vital role in pass protection, as he's the best blocker of all Washington's running backs. 

Washington still has plenty of talent in its running back room between Antonio Gibson and Jaret Patterson. Jonathan Williams has shown flashes at times, too. But simply put, McKissic's value is nearly impossible to replace.

The earliest McKissic can return is for Washington's season finale against the Giants in Week 18. He'd be eligible to return for the playoffs, too, should Washington make it that far.