Washington defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis suffered a season-ending arm injury in Sunday’s 34-20 loss against the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports.
Ioannidis reportedly tore his left bicep. The 26-year-old was hurt in the first half and was later seen on the sideline in an arm sling.
The injury is a huge blow to Washington’s defensive line as Ioannidis was a key cog in the team’s rotation. While Ioannidis does not start games, he played 44% and 55% of the team’s defensive snaps through the first two games. And in that limited role, Ioannidis has been productive — leading the team last year with 8 ½ sacks. He had 1 ½ sacks in 2020.
Coach Ron Rivera did not give an update on Ioannidis’ status when he met with reporters Monday, saying he had yet to speak with trainer Ryan Vermillion. Radio host Kevin Sheehan first reported the news following Rivera’s press conference.
Ioannidis wasn’t the only Washington injury in Cleveland. Rookie pass rusher Chase Young also suffered a groin injury, but The Athletic reported that it is not believed to be serious. Young tweeted after the game that the injury was “nothing major.”
Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman also left the game in the fourth quarter with a wrist injury and did not return. Rivera, though, said the team received positive news on the wideout as X-rays returned negative.
Inman caught three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns — his best outing since signing with Washington in August.”
The nice thing about him I will tell you is it’s not the fracture, which we were concerned about,” Rivera said. “… Hopefully it’s not too sore (Monday). He played well. He was a presence obviously with the touchdown catches. He’s a guy that kind of helps lead those young guys, so I’ve been very pleased with having Dontrelle around.”
With Ioannidis out, 2018 fifth-rounder Tim Settle will likely see an expanded role. The Virginia Tech product had two sacks in 15 games last season. Washington also has seventh-rounder James Smith-Williams on the roster and 2019 seventh-rounder Jordan Brailford on the practice squad as two who can play on the interior.
Ioannidis is in the first year of the three-year, $21.75 million contract extension that he signed in April 2019. A 2016 fifth-round selection out of Temple, Ioannidis is considered to be one of Washington’s better late-round draft picks in recent years. The team rewarded him after a breakout 2018 season in which he recorded 7 ½ sacks.
Ioannidis is now the second major Washington player to land on injured reserve this season. Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff also landed on the list with a knee injury, though he is expected to only miss three to five weeks.
After the league adjusted its rules due to the pandemic, NFL teams are now allowed to bring players off injured reserve after three weeks instead of eight.
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