Richardson (shoulder) is one of the leaders of a Washington wideout group that lost Jamison Crowder to the Jets and Maurice Harris to the Patriots in the opening days of free agency, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. The Redskins haven't signed any replacements, but they still have time to do some discount shopping and likely will look at wide receivers early in the upcoming draft. With Colt McCoy and Case Keenum set to compete for the starting job, there's also a good argument for using one of those early picks on a quarterback. Richardson is more than five months removed from season-ending shoulder surgery, with the estimated timeline (6-to-8 months) putting him on track to be ready for the start of training camp. The team context in Washington may not be ideal for piling up yards and touchdowns, but it at least sets up Richardson as a locked-in starter for the second season of a five-year, $40 million contract. The rest of the team's wideout depth chart is a mixture of washed up (Brian Quick), disappointing (Josh Doctson, Jehu Chesson) and unproven (Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Robert Davis, Darvin Kidsy, Tre McBride). Richardson is the only one with a recent track record as a competent starter.
The Redskins placed Richardson (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. Richardson emerged from his Redskins debut Week 1 with an AC joint sprain in one of his shoulders, making regular appearances on the injury report thereafter. While he missed one game along the way, he otherwise gutted out the issue week after week in a receiving corps beset by a number of injuries. In his seven appearances, Richardson reeled in 20 of 35 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. With Jamison Crowder still tending to an ankle injury, Washington's top healthy wide receivers are Maurice Harris and Josh Doctson.
Richardson is facing a timeline of 6-to-8 months for his recovery from season-ending shoulder surgery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Richardson gutted it out for two months in the first season of a five-year contract, but he clearly wasn't the best version of himself while playing with an AC joint injury. The timing should allow for a full recovery before training camp next season, while the 2018 iteration of the Redskins is left to scramble amidst a flurry of injuries. The team will also be missing both starting guards for the rest of the season, and slot receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle) hasn't played since Week 5. Moving forward, Week 9 breakout star Maurice Harris may see steady involvement in the offense.
Richardson will have season-ending surgery to repair the AC joint in his shoulder, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Richardson has been playing through the shoulder injury all season and has also been bothered by his knee at times. He should have plenty of time to recover before training camp next year, at which point he'll look to bounce back from a disappointing first year in Washington. The news locks Maurice Harris into a top-three receiver job after his breakout 10-catch performance in Sunday's 38-14 loss to Atlanta. In addition to Richardson, the Redskins lost both starting guards to season-ending injuries during the embarrassing defeat.
Richardson caught two of six targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-14 loss to Atlanta. Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis each accounted for either six or seven looks among 46 Alex Smith pass attempts, while Maurice Harris caught 10 of 12 targets for 124 yards. Richardson has now drawn either five or six targets in all but one of his appearances this season, maintaining a reasonable level of involvement while playing through a shoulder injury that may eventually require surgery. He's yet to take advantage with a big stat line, but there is some cause for optimism in the form of a Week 10 matchup against the leaky Tampa Bay defense. Of course, the emergence of Harris does open up the possibility of Richardson losing some snaps if/when Jamison Crowder (ankle) is finally ready to play.
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