- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 7, 2015

Washington Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton did not travel with the team and will not play in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots because of a migraine headache.

Knighton suffers from “cluster headaches,” which is characterized by recurring headaches on one side of the head, particularly in the area behind the eye. He said he has experienced them since he was a teenager, though this is the first time it has forced him to miss a game.

The Redskins returned from the bye week last Monday and Knighton said they began during the break. He added that the pain is incredibly severe, something he said he “would not wish on his worst enemy.”

Cluster headaches can last weeks or months at a time and can subside for years.

The 6-foot-3, 354-pound nose tackle has played in all seven games this season, recording 16 tackles. Knighton’s impact is not best quantified by stats, but the matchup problems he causes on the field. He often draws double teams and extra attention from offensive linemen. This season, Knighton has played 45.4 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.

Veteran Kedric Golston, who has played just 11.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, will likely see an increase in playing time. He broke his hand in Week 3 against the New York Giants and missed the following game, but has played with the injury since. 

Washington also announced that outside linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat was placed on injured reserve and outside linebacker Houston Bates was signed to the active roster from the practice squad. Jeffcoat practiced this week and was not listed on the injury report.

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