Redskins fear Moore could miss four to six weeks
The Redskins fear that free safety Kareem Moore could be sidelined four to six weeks after suffering what initially appears to be a sprained right medial collateral ligament, two people familiar with the situation said early Sunday morning.
Moore's injury occurred in the second quarter Saturday night during a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. The third-year player went down without being hit while in pursuit of Haruki Nakamura, who ran 51 yards on a direct-snapped fake punt.
"I was running and then I just felt something and then I just went down," Moore said. "I just felt kind of awkward on the play; no hit or anything."
Team medical personnel who examined Moore determined he probably sprained his MCL, and they expect to receive confirmation after Sunday's MRI exam, the team sources said. Barring an unexpectedly favorable MRI report, the Redskins plan to proceed as if Moore will be sidelined for the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
The initial diagnosis of the injury stirred concern in the organization because Moore was the star of training camp, the sources said. He displayed outstanding deep ball skills while intercepting many passes in practice at Redskins Park.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett considers Moore among the keys to the Redskins' plan to produce more turnovers than they have in the past several seasons. Veteran safety Reed Doughty struggled at times in coverage against the Ravens, and the coaching staff does not plan to move Laron Landry, who is settling in at strong safety, back to free safety while Moore is out, the sources said.
Third-year safety Chris Horton could emerge as the starter at free safety until Moore returns. One source said that if Moore heals quickly, there is a chance the Redskins would use him on a limited basis in the opener. But the source added he did not envision that scenario occurring because the Redskins plan to exercise caution with the developing young player.
August 22, 2010; 12:52 AM ET
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