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Richard Crawford Out For Year With Torn Ligament

The second-year cornerback tore the LCL in his left knee and may have ACL damage after taking a hit while returning a punt in the first quarter against the Bills.


LANDOVER, Md. – Richard Crawford tore the LCL in his left knee in the Redskins’ 30-7 preseason victory over the Bills on Saturday and will miss the regular season.


Crawford was awaiting additional tests after the game to determine the extent of damage to the ACL, according to a person with knowledge of Crawford’s health.

The cornerback injured his knee when, returning a punt on the second-to-last play of the first quarter, he was tackled by Bills linebacker Arthur Moats and safety Da’Norris Searcy. He struggled to get to his feet, but eventually walked off the field under his own power and, after a brief examination, was taken to the locker room.

He was standing in the locker room after the game with the aid of crutches and had both a large brace and a compression sleeve on the left knee. After walking into the athletic training room, a team spokesman said Crawford was not available to speak to reporters about the injury.

Receiver Skye Dawson and running back Chris Thompson, both rookies, returned punts after Crawford left the game. Dawson returned neither of his punt opportunities – one went out of bounds, one was a touchback – while Thompson had three returns for 48 yards, including a 31-yarder.

The team has also prepared receivers Santana Moss and Nick Williams to return punts in practice.

Crawford, drafted out of SMU in the seventh round last year, took over as the Redskins’ primary punt returner late last season. He also played occasionally as the third cornerback, covering the slot, and was working at both sides during training camp and the preseason.