- The Washington Times
Monday, December 5, 2022

Commanders linebacker Cole Holcomb underwent season-ending foot surgery, according to multiple reports.

Holcomb had not played for Washington since Oct. 23 and landed on injured reserve last week. Before hurting his foot, the linebacker was Washington‘s leading tackler — racking up 69 tackles in seven games. Holcomb also served as Washington‘s MIKE linebacker, relating the play calls from defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to the rest of the unit.  Since Holcomb‘s injury, that job has gone to second-year linebacker Jamin Davis, who has grown considerably after struggling as a rookie. 

Commanders coach Ron Rivera said Nov. 23 that Holcomb‘s foot injury had become “touch and go,” adding the linebacker was scheduled to see a foot specialist. Holcomb landed on injured reserve days later.

Beyond Davis, the Commanders have made up for Holcomb‘s absence by deploying a trio of safeties in Kam Curl, Bobby McCain and Darrick Forrest. Washington has also occasionally used backup linebackers Jon Bostic and David Mayo in more conventional formations. 

With Holcomb out for the season, the 2019 fifth-rounder is reportedly expected to be healthy by the start of free agency in March.

Holcomb‘s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. 

The NFL Network first reported Holcomb‘s surgery. 

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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