Rinehart is latest player to be out for season
The Redskins have likely lost a third offensive linemen for the season. Chad Rinehart, who started four games for the Redskins at right guard this year, suffered a broken fibula in Sunday's 7-6 loss to Dallas.
"We'll have a better assessment," Coach Jim Zorn said after the game, "but it is fractured."
Rinehart was taken off the field on a cart in the third quarter, his right leg protected by an air cast and a close-up of his frustrated face broadcast above on the Cowboys' 11,500 square-foot video screen.
The team's second-round pick in 2008 out of Northern Iowa, Rinehart has had an up-and-down season. After starting in Weeks 3 and 4, he was benched and didn't start again until the Denver game.
"He didn't go in the corner, pout or suck his thumb when he got benched," offensive line coach Joe Bugel said last Friday. "He just worked harder at it. It's paying dividends for us right now."
Rinehart was surprisingly replaced by rookie Edwin Williams, not Will Montgomery, who started three games at right guard this season. Williams has been active for the team's previous four games but didn't see any action until Sunday.
"I feel like obviously I need a lot of improvement in certain technical things. I think I control the things that I can control," said Williams, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland who went to DeMatha. "Otherwise, I gave good effort and tried to finish each block."
In addition to Rinehart's injury, the Redskins were without lineman Mike Williams, who suffered an ankle sprain at Atlanta and hasn't been available since.
Rinehart would become the fourth Redskins player this season to suffer a season-ending injury. It's an unexpected obstacle the team has been fighting through.
"The main thing is that guy didn't give up," said quarterback Jason Campbell. "We were talking in the huddle about everyone stepping up and each player making plays. Everyone was very positive. Even though we lost those guys, no one got down on themselves."
November 22, 2009; 6:56 PM ET
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