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Rib Injury Will Force Josh Norman To Miss Four Weeks

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Josh Norman Will Miss Four Weeks Due To Rib Injury

Washington played the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 in one of the best games of the season so far. Also, it was a very physical affair. That was to be expected with the aggressive style of both defenses. During that game, the Redskins suffered multiple injuries to their defense. None would be more significant than the rib injury that Josh Norman sustained in the second quarter of that game. After further evaluation, it was discovered that he fractured his ribs. As a result, the star cornerback will have to miss four weeks. How will Washington cope with this loss?

How Will The Team Move Forward?

The Redskins will undoubtedly miss Josh Norman. His abilities and skills are what make him one of the best in the league. With the aggressive style defense that Washington runs, having quality cornerbacks who can cover is vital to their success. With Josh Norman’s rib injury this means that someone will have to step up. Who will the Redskins look at to fill this role?

Depth Challenge

Bashaud Breeland will step into Josh Norman’s role until he comes back. During that time they will need someone to step into his. When Josh Norman left the game with his rib injury in Kansas City, Quinton Dunbar stepped in and played the majority of the snaps. With Norman out I expect him to get the majority of the workload. He is someone who has started at cornerback in the past. The former wide receiver has shown good ball skills and speed when dealing with opposing receivers. His six-foot-two frame and length make him a good candidate. Moving forward, second-year corner Kendall Fuller could see time at the position, but that probably won’t happen. Fuller is having a solid year playing in the nickel.

Young Cornerbacks

This leaves rookie cornerbacks, Fabian Moreau and Joshua Holsey. Moreau was drafted in the second round from UCLA. He played well in the preseason and should see more time than Holsey. Holsey will see his first action since the preseason when the Redskins play the 49ers. He is someone who has good potential as well. It would not hurt if he saw some time and got some game reps.