- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 4, 2016

In the second quarter of the Washington Redskins’ 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, center Spencer Long went down with an injury before being helped off of the field.

Initially, Long was given a concussion test and was cleared, but a shoulder injury made him questionable for the game. As the Redskins took the field for the second half, Long was re-evaluated for a concussion and placed in the concussion protocol, ruling him out for the remainder of the game.

Long was replaced by John Sullivan.

Long wasn’t the only Redskins player to go down with injury. In the fourth quarter, safety Will Blackmon launched himself at Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Blackmon hit the ground and did not get up. He was later helped off the field and would not return.

According to coach Jay Gruden, Blackmon is dealing with two separate injuries, one being a concussion.

“Long is a concussion,” Gruden said. “He’ll be in the protocol. Blackmon is undergoing testing for a stinger slash concussion. We’ll have better answers for you later.”

Left tackle Ty Nsekhe briefly left the game with a left ankle injury. He was replaced by Vinston Painter but later returned to the game.

Both Long and Blackmon were unavailable for comment following the game. Anyone in concussion protocol is not permitted to speak with the media by league rule.

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