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Matt Jones Suffers Sprained AC Joint

Matt Jones Washington Redskins


Matt Jones was one of the few key starters to play in the Redskins preseason victory over the Jets on Friday night. His injury however, has left Washington searching for answers at the running back position. Jones was diagnosed with what head coach Jay Gruden described as a “slight separation” in his shoulder.

“Matt Jones has a slight separation of his AC joint. We’ll get him checked out, get him rehabbed, and hopefully he won’t be out too long.”

The second year pro looked solid in limited time, managing 31 yards on seven carries. Good enough for 4.4 yards per carry against an exceptional Jets defense. However, he left the game during the first quarter. Jones and the Redskins are unsure about the severity of the injury.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” Jones said. “This is my first shoulder issue. So I don’t know.” Jones was injured on his seventh and final carry.

“When I went down on it, on a scale of 1 to 10 it was about a seven, then as I got up and it went on, it kinda went up,” Jones said. “But it’s settled down some now. I have some flexibility in it now, so it’s not as bad as it was.”

When healthy, Matt Jones gives the Redskins a unique blend of size and athleticism, at the running back position. Although he’s been adjusting to the roll of a full-time starter, coaches love his explosiveness, and pass catching ability.

With his latest injury however, Redskins find themselves in a troubling predicament. Jones missed an extensive amount of time last year with injuries . Chris Thompson is the only healthy back with NFL experience. Thompson is a solid role player, he has value as a special teams guy, and is an excellent receiver, but he is not a three-down back. Mack Brown, Robert Kelley, and Keith Marshall, have yet to make an impact.

It’s somewhat mind boggling that the Redskins made no effort, in even attempting to resign Alfred Morris. Morris’ productivity may have decreased, but he was a consummate professional during his time in Washington. More importantly, he was healthy. Morris never missed a game during his tenure with the Skins.

Former Bills running back, Karlos Williams would be an interesting fit for Washington. Although he is facing a four-game suspension, he’s a talented player. As a fifth-round pick, he rushed for 517 yards as a backup. Williams also tied for the team lead in touchdowns (nine) with Sammy Watkins.

He was cut this morning by Buffalo. Karlos Williams may be a player with character issues, but Washington signed Junior Galette last July, and flirted with Greg Hardy for a brief period, after Galette tore his Achilles for a second time.  The Redskins play host to the Bills next week, in week three of the NFL preseason.