Training Camp hasn’t quite started for for most NFL teams, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune from injury news. For Washington, it’s a pain they know all too well.
Outside linebacker Junior Galette, who signed with the team last year only to suffer a season-ending left Achilles tear in August, now has the same injury on the right leg. Washington had re-signed him to a second one-year deal in the hopes that he would be back to the player who had 22 sacks from 2013-2014 with New Orleans.
Washington’s pass rush was right in the middle of last year’s defensive rankings, tied with two other teams for 14th in sacks. Ryan Kerrigan led them team, as usual, with 9.5 sacks in 2015.
Going into this season as the defending NFC East Champions, Washington hoped that Galette would help them attack the league’s best passers. Their opponents this year include Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and of course the expected two games each against Tony Romo and Eli Manning.
Preston Smith, who had eight sacks last year after being a second-round pick, will look to continue his development as Kerrigan’s wingman.