Redskins tight end Niles Paul has been ruled out for the season after fracturing his ankle during Washington's preseason opener.
Paul, Washington's projected starter, suffered the injury while blocking on a run play early in the game, going to the ground and twisting his left foot awkwardly as he fell. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport first reported Paul dislocated his ankle and would undergo an MRI.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced after the game that Paul would miss the season, calling it a “huge loss” for the team. He said Paul fractured and dislocated his ankle on the play, according to Brian McNally of 106.7 radio.
Redskins tight ends Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Logan Paulsen (toe) sat out the game with injuries. Gruden added that Paulsen may miss the season as well after suffering a serious toe injury that may need surgery earlier in the week.
Washington may be without reserve running back Silas Redd this season as well after suffering what Gruden called a potential torn ACL and MCL.
Paul, 26, had been impressive in camp and caught 39 passes for 507 yards and a touchdown last season.
Video of the play is below. Warning: Paul's injury is graphic.
- Jeremy Woo