Nose tackle Chris Neild was a fixture for the Washington Redskins during his rookie season, but this training camp was a battle for him just to make the team. With Chris Baker excelling, the pressure was on Neild to earn a spot behind starter Barry Cofield.
Neild won't have the chance to do that after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Monday's practice. He's out for the season.
"It's always disappointing when there's a season-ending injury for any player on your football team. You hate it for them, you hate it for the team, but we know these things are going to occur," coach Mike Shanahan said. "You're hoping that they don't happen too often, especially to the guys that were on your football team the year before. Chris is a fighter, and this is just a temporary setback for him."
Neild, 24, wasn't a lock to make the roster even though he appeared in all 16 regular-season games in 2011. He had 10 tackles and two sacks.
But Baker was considered the front-runner to be Cofield's backup given his impressive training camp.
Neild's meniscus was in tact and it was just a torn ACL, which usually requires a six-month recovery time, Shanahan said.
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