Redskins starting cornerback Chris Culliver landed awkwardly on his right knee in Thursday's practice, putting his immediate status in question.*
Chris Culliver has been banged up throughout his first season as the Washington Redskins' No. 1 cornerback.
On Thursday, he suffered what could be his latest setback when he landed awkwardly on his right knee while trying to defend a pass during the team's practice in Loudoun County, Va.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said there's "always a level of concern" when a player goes down at practice, but until the team gets further results, he didn't want to speculate on the severity of the injury.
"Until we get the MRI and the doctor's report, I don't know," Gruden said. "I don't want to be overly negative. I don't want to be overly positive… We just have to wait and see until we get the results."
Culliver has already missed three games this season after dealing with pain and weakness in his left knee, although an MRI revealed no structural damage at the time.
Then, last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Culliver suffered an injury to his shoulder that also required an MRI. Gruden said that the team is looking to get a second opinion on Culliver's shoulder, although he was able to practice in a limited capacity before suffering his right knee injury on Thursday.
The Redskins are no strangers to finding ways to plug in holes at the cornerback position this season, as Culliver and fellow starter Bashaud Breeland as well as veteran DeAngelo Hall have each missed portions of the year with various injuries.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' defense and special teams preparing for their Week 12 match up against the New York Giants Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
The team also saw Justin Rogers go down with a season-ending foot injury, while rookie Deshazor Everett was limited on Thursday with a hamstring injury.
Because of the injuries, safety Dashon Goldson said the healthy members of the secondary have been forced into playing different roles for the defense. Rookie Kyshoen Jarrett, for example, was drafted as a safety but has showed potential in recent weeks as a nickel cornerback.
"Injuries have been our Achilles heel this year, I think, in the secondary," Goldson said. "So when you have a secondary that can play, you can pop them in at different spots, and I think that helps us out, and, at the same time, it confuses other teams."
Speaking of Culliver specifically, Goldson, the Redskins' defensive captain, said he wasn't immediately sure of "what's going on" with his knee injury, but added "I know it would suck to lose him if that is something" significant.
"He's one of our leaders, and a lot of guys look up to him around here," Goldson said. "It would be tough to lose him – especially in the secondary if we lose another guy."