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Jordan Bernstine To Miss Season After Tearing Ligaments In Knee

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 9/10/12, 3:01 p.m.; Updated 9/10/12, 4:11 p.m.)

ASHBURN – Jordan Bernstine tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during the Washington Redskins’ 40-32 victory at New Orleans on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

Bernstine

“It’s almost everything in the knee,” Shanahan said. “He’s got a lot. It’s MCL, ACL, PCL, so until you actually get it operated on, you’re not actually sure, but it’s definitely a season-ending injury.”

Bernstine, a rookie safety drafted in the seventh round out of Iowa, sustained the injury with 11 minutes remaining in the game while on kickoff coverage. He spent several minutes down on the field at the Superdome before being assisted off the field on a cart.

“You know, he was doing a great job with the game, too,” Shanahan said. “He was a really great kid and a lot of energy. He was doing a great job at the safety position. He was doing an excellent job on special teams. It always hurts you to lose a guy like that. A lot of energy. He was playing well, but it is what it is, and he’ll do a great job in rehab and come back next year ready to go.”

The loss of Bernstine will put the Redskins in a pinch at the position. Starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather could miss at least three more weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee, while Tanard Jackson, expected to push Madieu Williams for time as the starting free safety, was suspended indefinitely before the season began for failing another drug test.

“We’re looking at those options right now, but obviously [signing] a safety is a position we’re looking at,” Shanahan said.

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