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Jonathan Goff Again Tears ACL, Will Miss Second Consecutive Season

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Linebacker Jonathan Goff tore the ACL in his right knee a second time on Saturday and will miss the entire season – his first with the Washington Redskins.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI showed the tear Saturday night, after Goff slipped while trying to make a play on an interception thrown midway through that day’s practice.

“You know, it was really a shame, because he’s come in here and worked so hard to make this football team and everything he could possibly do through the offseason,” Shanahan said. “I was really pulling for him. He’s a class individual, and just a guy’s guy. Very intelligent. Very hard worker. All the things you look for in a football player, and so it was just unfortunate that he had the ACL.”

Goff, 26, signed a one-year contract with the Redskins on April 30 after spending his first four seasons with the Giants. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound inside linebacker started all 16 games for New York in 2010 and made 80 tackles, and he was set to resume that role last season before tearing the ACL in the week leading up to the first regular-season game against the Redskins.

“I don’t think you can take a good man down, but he’ll come back and fight and hopefully he’ll come back next year ready to play,” Shanahan said.