ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Football Team acquired its first bit of fine information relating to the reserve/COVID-19 list because it returned 4 defensive linemen, together with Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat, to the lively roster, the team introduced Saturday morning.
Sweat stays on injured reserve, although Washington designated him to return to observe. He’s anticipated to be activated off the list in time for Tuesday’s sport at Philadelphia (6-7). Sweat hasn’t performed since fracturing his jaw in an Oct. 31 loss at Denver.
Washington (6-7) additionally activated defensive ends James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill off the COVID-19 list. Those two had been beginning at finish instead of Sweat and injured Chase Young, who tore his ACL in a Nov. 14 win over Tampa Bay. Neither Toohill nor Smith-Williams performed in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The NFL moved Washington’s sport vs. Philadelphia from Sunday to Tuesday due to its COVID outbreak. It’s a pivotal sport for playoff positioning. Washington presently owns the seventh and closing playoff spot.
Washington nonetheless has 19 gamers on the COVID-19 list, together with its prime two quarterbacks in Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen. There is optimism that Allen will return in time for Tuesday’s sport. If neither one returns, then Washington will select between Kyle Shurmur, on its observe squad since Sept. 13, or Garrett Gilbert, who practiced with the team for the primary time Friday.
Though two of their different prime seven linemen stay on the list — tackles Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle — the return of the others will present a lift. Allen has been having his greatest season and leads the team with 7.5 sacks, a half sack off his profession greatest.
Washington’s protection has performed effectively, led by the road. In the previous six video games Washington ranks third in whole yards allowed per sport and eighth in factors. The line has been a significant cause and will probably be essential vs. Philadelphia.
The Eagles common an NFL-high 210.5 dashing yards per sport. But, with a more healthy entrance, Washington can counter utilizing a five-man line, because it has achieved vs. different groups that wish to run the ball.
According to Next Gen Stats, the WFT has used that look 70 occasions on first-and-10 and 137 occasions general. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Washington has used 5 linemen with one or two linebackers 50 occasions — second solely to Cincinnati’s 55. And the WFT has used 5 linemen, one linebacker on an NFL-high 24 events.
Though Sweat hasn’t performed in additional than a month — and had not practiced earlier than right this moment — the coaches have mentioned they suppose he’ll have the ability to play. They have pointed to how he has stayed in form. But it is unsure what number of snaps he’d obtain.