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Richard Crawford Has Three Torn Knee Ligaments

An examination revealed the second-year cornerback tore the ACL and MCL, as well as the LCL, in his left knee Saturday and will face at least a nine-month recovery period.


ASHBURN – Richard Crawford tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, as well as the LCL, in the Redskins’ preseason victory over the Bills on Saturday and faces at least a nine-month recovery, Mike Shanahan said Monday.


Crawford was originally diagnosed with a torn LCL after the game and further tests revealed the additional ligament damage.

The cornerback was returning a punt a minute into the game when he was tackled by linebacker Marcus Dowtin, causing his left leg to whip around after taking the hit. He limped off the field but returned for another punt return on the second-to-last play of the quarter, at which point he again limped to the sidelines and did not return.

“He was really disappointed,” Shanahan said. “He’s worked extremely hard this offseason to put himself in the position that he’s at right now. He’s a great kid, an unbelievable worker. He’s done everything you ask the kid to do to give himself the opportunity to be successful. It’s a blow not only to him but to us when you lose a good football player, but that’s the nature of the business.”

Crawford, a seventh-round pick out of SMU last year, was the Redskins’ fifth cornerback in training camp and the preseason. Two other players – rookies Skye Dawson and Chris Thompson – took over his role as the punt returner later in the game.

The Redskins waived Crawford with an injury designation on Monday, meaning he’ll revert to injured reserve should no other team claim him.