Washington starting linebacker Jon Bostic is feared to have suffered a significant injury in Sunday’s 34-30 win over the Atlanta Falcons, according to a report.
The NFL Network reported Bostic suffered an injury to a pec muscle during the game, and an MRI will determine the severity. Bostic has been a starter for Washington for three seasons, responsible for calling plays for the defense.
If Bostic has to miss time, that would put first-rounder Jamin Davis in line for more playing time. Drafted with the 19th overall pick, Davis’ role has been limited this season as coach Ron Rivera has said the rookie is still adapting to the speed of the NFL. But on Sunday, with Bostic‘s injury, Davis played 33 snaps.
“Jamin had to play a lot more than we anticipated, and it was good to see him get an opportunity to run around and make some plays,” Rivera said. “That was huge.”
Linebacker is seen as arguably the weakest position on Washington‘s roster. Bostic, at times, has been criticized for his play in pass coverage, with opposing offenses seemingly targeting the middle of the field. Even Rivera was critical of the veteran last season, saying he and the rest of the linebackers were too hesitant. But Rivera has praised Bostic this year, particularly for his leadership. Bostic was voted a captain just before the start of the regular season.