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Chris Neild injures knee, will have MRI

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To most casual NFL fans, the name “Chris Neild” doesn’t ring many bells.  But Neild, a seventh-round pick in 2011, has become a key part of the rotation on the defensive line in Washington, playing nose tackle capably as the primary backup to Barry Cofield.

Neild, who appeared in every game last season as a rookie, could now be in danger of missing some time after suffering a knee injury during practice on Monday.

“We’ll have an MRI,” coach Mike Shanahan said after practice on Monday, via comments distributed by the team.  “We’ll see how it is.  Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but he did hurt it enough where he didn’t practice the rest of practice.  Hopefully, the MRI is negative on his knee.”

Hopefully is right.  Now that the Redskins have 300-plus-pounders like Neild who, unlike Albert Haynesworth, embrace the two-gap challenge of playing nose tackle in the 3-4, they need them to be healthy.

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12 Responses to “Chris Neild injures knee, will have MRI”
  1. k0mbucha says: Aug 13, 2012 8:28 PM

    Hopefully it’s nothing serious, with Jenkins returning from his knee injury last year the Redskins need the depth badly especially from young quality 2nd yr players like Neild

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    Get well soon Polkano Punisher. The Redskins defense is going to be so great with Carriker, Jenkins, Baker, Cofield and Bowen as the D-Line. NFC East, be VERY afraid. HTTR brother.

  3. johnnyshore says: Aug 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    @hulkhogan says “Get well soon Polkano Punisher.” I realize it’s irritating to criticize spelling on the internet, but Neild is from the “Pocono’s,” which is a region in Northeast Pennsylvania.

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 13, 2012 9:59 PM

    Last year the team was devastated by injuries, hopefully not this year…The West Virginia kid is an important up and coming piece of the defense

  5. toonloonboon says: Aug 13, 2012 10:03 PM

    fans of the NFC east….who among you are afraid of Stephen Bowen and Adam carriker? Jarvis Jenkins? baker?

    anyone?

    no one?

    that’s what I thought.

    case closed, enjoy last place, your home.

  6. phinfan says: Aug 13, 2012 10:56 PM

    Stroudsburg Highschool Alum *woot* best of luck Chris!

  7. musicman495 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:13 PM

    toonloonboon says: Aug 13, 2012 10:03 PM

    fans of the NFC east….who among you are afraid of Stephen Bowen and Adam carriker? Jarvis Jenkins? baker?

    anyone?

    no one?

    that’s what I thought.

    case closed, enjoy last place, your home.
    —————————-
    Orakpo? Kerrigan? That’s what I thought.

    See you in the playoffs. Unless you are a Cowboys fan. In which case, see you and your team on the sofa.

  8. clw1906 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:23 PM

    toonloonboon says:
    Aug 13, 2012 10:03 PM
    fans of the NFC east….who among you are afraid of Stephen Bowen and Adam carriker? Jarvis Jenkins? baker?

    anyone?

    no one?

    that’s what I thought.

    case closed, enjoy last place, your home.

     TROLL that is all

  9. suqmadirk says: Aug 13, 2012 11:37 PM

    This kid Toonloonboon obviously doesnt know what hes talking about

  10. burgundyandgold says: Aug 14, 2012 7:59 AM

    I like Neild but from what I read he is being pushed for a roster spot this year. People can continue to dismiss the Redskins, and based on the past 20 years they probably should. But, since they do not follow the team as closely as fans they will be most surprised this season when the Skins take several giant leaps forward. Can’t wait.

  11. rtant2013 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:36 AM

    @toonloonboon

    Redskins led the nfc east in sacks last year, and you don’t think that they’ll only be better this year? Kerrigan is no longer a rookie, JJ is back and orakpo is only getting better and better every year since he came into the league. Not to mention just everybody actually having a full off-season to work together. If you don’t think that is going to be the nastiest front 7 in football. HTTR

  12. skinsaneasylum says: Aug 15, 2012 12:22 PM

    @rtant2013

    “Redskins led the nfc east in sacks last year”

    While I wish this was true, it most certainly is not. The eagles actually tied for 1st in the NFL with 50 sacks. The Giants were tied for 3rd in the league with 48 sacks. The Cowboys were tied for 7th in the NFL with 43 sacks. And finally, the Skins finished tied for 10th in the NFL with 41 sacks.

    All pretty impressive numbers, especially when you consider all four of the NFC East teams’ pass rushing was top 10 in the entire league. But anyway you slice it, the Skins were 4th in sacks within the NFC East.

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