The Washington Football Team is getting dangerously close to running out of left tackles.
The team put tackle Geron Christian on injured reserve Thursday — a discouraging sign as fourth-rounder Saahdiq Charles is done for the year and veteran Cornelius Lucas is nursing an ankle injury. After starting the first six games, Christian has missed the last three outings with a knee injury. And by being placed on injured reserve, he’ll miss at least three more games.
When Lucas went down in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, Washington was forced to move Morgan Moses — whose 90 career starts have all come at right tackle — to the left side to finish out the game. At practice Wednesday, Moses was still on the left side with Lucas not participating.
The team acquired David Sharpe from the Las Vegas Raiders in September, but coach Ron Rivera said Washington views him more as a natural right tackle.
If Lucas misses Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington would be with only two tackles on the roster — though it could opt to elevate David Steinmetz from the practice squad.
Washington is without Charles after the 21-year-old opted to have season-ending surgery on his injured knee.
“Morgan is a competitor,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. “He’s a tough guy. He’s going to do whatever he needs to, to get the job done wherever we ask of him. He’s really been a good player for us over the course of this season. We needed him obviously in that situation to step up and play left. I thought he did well. I asked him after the game because I haven’t been here past this year, I said: ‘When’s the last time you played left tackle?’
“He said: ‘My rookie year.’ And I said, ‘Alright.’ So, if that situation comes up again or if that’s something we need him to do, we’ll be ready.”
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