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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Washington Commanders right tackle Sam Cosmi underwent thumb surgery Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed — marking the latest blow to a dinged-up offensive line. 

It’s unclear how long Cosmi will be out with the injury. But if he is indeed unavailable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, he’ll be the team’s third starting linemen to be sidelined with an injury. Starting center Chase Roullier (knee) and guard/center Wes Schweitzer (concussion) have landed on injured reserve. 

In Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Commanders also benched veteran Trai Turner at right guard for Saahdiq Charles.

The Commanders line has struggled mightily this season as quarterback Carson Wentz has been sacked a league-high 17 times. Washington’s line ranked as one of the best blocking units in the league last year, but the team lost starting guards Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers in the offseason. 

Veteran Cornelius Lucas figures to replace Cosmi, a 2021 second-rounder out of Texas, at tackle. 

Lucas started seven games for Washington in 2021. Over his three seasons with the franchise, the 31-year-old has become a valuable swing tackle — playing on the left side in 2020 and then the right last season. The Commanders re-signed Lucas to a two-year, $8.2 million contract in March. 

The Athletic first reported Cosmi’s injury and surgery. 

Beyond Cosmi, Roullier is also set to have knee surgery that could possibly end his season. The center got hurt near the end of Week 2’s loss to the Detroit Lions and was soon placed on injured reserve. The injury was especially unfortunate for Roullier given that his 2021 season was also cut short after breaking his leg in Week 8.

The Commanders started veteran Nick Martin at center Sunday with Schweitzer, who entered concussion protocol after a Week 3 loss to the Eagles, unavailable. Coach Ron Rivera reiterated Monday that Washington will activate center Tyler Larsen off the Physically Unable to Perform List this week — giving Washington more depth on the interior.  Larsen appeared in nine games for Washington last year before tearing his Achilles. 

Rivera also said that Charles will continue to start at right guard over Turner. The latter missed most of training camp with a quad injury, which Rivera said affected his play to begin the year.  “He’s just not right yet,” Rivera said. 

On Tuesday, the Commanders waived center Jon Toth off the practice squad and signed guard Keaton Sutherland to take his place. 

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

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