The Washington Redskins were dealt a big blow before the start of training camp when linebacker Junior Galette tore his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season.
Galette missed last season with a torn left Achilles tendon. This latest injury came while preparing for camp. He tweeted about it Monday, and coach Jay Gruden confirmed Galette's status Tuesday.
''Junior did everything he had to do to get his Achilles ready to play this year, worked as hard as anybody in the weight room getting himself ready and was just doing some standard get-offs, I guess, and popped the other one,'' Gruden said on Richmond, Virginia, radio station ESPN 950. ''It happens. It's kind of weird because a lot of times when somebody tears one Achilles the next one comes soon after.''
The loss of Galette is a major setback to the defense, which added All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman during free agency. Galette was supposed to boost Washington's pass rush.
The coaching staff's plan was to keep Galette out of organized team workouts until camp as he made his way back from the left Achilles injury. In May, Galette said he was as excited as he has ever been during his football career, and Gruden called him ''a kid at Christmas'' waiting for his chance to play.
Galette posted a series of tweets and videos of workouts on Monday and Tuesday with various messages about the injury. He said on Instagram he was more explosive than before he tore his left Achilles tendon and on Twitter he promised to return better than ever.
The 28-year-old last played for the New Orleans Saints in 2014 when he had 10 sacks and 45 tackles. The Redskins re-signed him to a $4 million, one-year deal during the offseason.
Galette has 31 1/2 sacks and 128 tackles in 64 NFL games, all with the Saints.
Without Galette, the Redskins will be leaning on second-year pro Preston Smith more than they had expected. Smith had 35 tackles last season as a rookie after Washington selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft.
Galette's injury is more somber news for the Redskins, who on Monday announced they released Kyshoen Jarrett after the safety failed his physical. Jarrett sustained nerve damage to a shoulder in the regular-season finale against Dallas and did not participate in offseason workouts.
The team's first workout is Thursday in Richmond.
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