Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen has a sprained left knee and his status for the Oct. 12 game at Dallas is in doubt.
Paulsen was hurt while blocking in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. He underwent an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL). Paulsen said the recovery time is 1-to-3 weeks depending on the player and how the rehab process goes.
“Some of the guys have had similar injuries and you hear a week,” Paulsen said. “Then [linebacker London Fletcher] had one and he said ‘I didn’t miss a day.’ You got to take that with a grain of salt. Just depends on how I react to the rehab.”
The diagnosis was expected. It was what team doctors told Paulsen was likely after the Oakland game. There was some speculation that there were other issues with the knee that had Paulsen concerned, but it turned out not to be true.
Paulsen said her was hurt on a “power” play, blocking down on a lineman and smashing bodies. A Raiders player fell on Paulsen’s leg. He smashed the turf in pain a few times, but hobbled to his feet and waved off teammate Fred Davis as he tried to race onto the field. But Paulsen lasted one more play before leaving.
“It’s a point of relief for me that I’ve got some time to work on it and get right,” Paulsen said. “They just said see how the rehab goes and that kind of depends on the individual. I’m cautiously optimistic, but we’ll see.”
He is the third tight end fighting an injury right now. Davis played on Sunday against Oakland, but in limited action thanks to a sore right ankle that kept him out of the Sept. 22 game against the Detroit Lions. Davis did, however, practice on Tuesday – Washington’s last before breaking for the week.
Meanwhile, rookie tight end Jordan Reed (thigh contusion) is fighting an injury of his own. He was inactive for the game against Oakland.
“[Reed’s] treatment will help him this week,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’ll be here throughout the whole week, and we’ll see where he is next week. I can’t tell you for sure, but it’s still the same thing – the quad’s a little bruised. Hopefully with a week’s rest, he’ll be ready to go.”