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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.

By Jason Reid  |  August 22, 2010; 12:52 AM ET
Categories:  Kareem Moore  
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Comments

Damn! This very well could turn into an MK sort of injury!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 22, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Well hey, could have been much worse, Don't like it, but might have dodged mid/long term bullet.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 22, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Reed can be that fill player. I read that Lendy Holmes was having an inconsistent camp. Here's hoping he can step up as well.

Posted by: TWISI | August 22, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

we're deep at DB -- not really a talent drop-off. But Moore seemed to get the FS role, and no one lse has.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 22, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Fatsworth needs a muzzle. What a piece of sh!t. I fake sickness to miaa practice and still blame everyone else for my problems. D-bag

Posted by: Rahtard | August 22, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

I didn't get to see the game so I'm interested to hear everyone's take. Overall doesn't sound too good. Injuries always concern me. Seems like the Ravens brought some levity into the room.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

What I don't hear anybody (read: Post) asking is WHY a player who is KEY to this new defense is playing on Special Teams. ESPECIALLY when there is NOT an acceptable back-up at Free Safety. This nonsense from Steve Jackson that the safety positions are interchangeable is pure BS. The top 5 safties on this team include 4 Strongs & 1 Free. So why the hell didn't Mr. Allen draft or sign another safety who could play Free in this defense???

Posted by: Smoca021 | August 22, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Answers simple. Not enough pics. FS will b adressed next yrs draft

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 22, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Seems like the Ravens brought some levity into the room.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2010 1:32 AM

Ummm. Not sure what you think levity is, but they certainly did not bring THAT.

What they brought was a dose of reality. McNabb needs a decent line to excel and he's not as careful with the football as we've gotten used to. The O Line looked pretty bad. Marc Bulger of the Ravens, along with all their receivers, including the third and fourth stringers, looked good.

The Ravens moved the ball in the air and on the ground the the Redskins were 1 Dimensional... Actually closer to NO Dimensional.

Sadly, it looked like Deja Vu all over again. McNabb even got stripped of the ball by not stepping up in the pocket ala Jason Campbell game 1 last year at NYG.

It Fing Sucked, is what it did.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 22, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

By the way, nice try, Redskins Organization...

Thanks to a certain millionaire whistle-blower, I, for one, am not buying this BS:

"Redskins fear Moore could miss four to six weeks [with Massive Headache]"

Nice try.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 22, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Doughty may be a nice SUPER SMART guy but he is about 5 steps to slow in coverage, we got to put Horton in there until Moore gets back or pick up a free agent

Posted by: BeatDontStop | August 22, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Just as long as Landry doesn't go back to playing Centerfield I'm cool with Horton. He (Horton) does have the annoying habit of picking up PI calls though...

Posted by: elfreako | August 22, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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