Cole Holcomb

Commanders LB Cole Holcomb Out For Season

DECEMBER 5: Holcomb has undergone surgery on his foot, and will miss the remainder of the season as a result (Twitter link via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network). The news will leave Washington shorthanded for the stretch run and postseason if they make it. In encouraging news regarding Holcomb’s impending free agency, Pelissero adds that he will be recovered in full by March.

NOVEMBER 25: Cole Holcomb‘s injury absence will extend into January. The Commanders placed the starting linebacker on IR on Friday, mandating he miss four more games.

The fourth-year defender has been out with a foot injury since Week 7. Ron Rivera said earlier this week Holcomb was scheduled to visit a foot specialist. It is uncertain if Holcomb has an injury that will prevent him from playing again this season, but he is down until at least Week 17 — because of Washington’s late bye — as a result of this transaction.

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This injury has prevented Holcomb from following up on his team-leading (by a mile) 142 tackles last season. Holcomb, 26, has been a Washington starter nearly throughout his career. Despite being a fifth-round pick, the North Carolina alum started 15 games as a rookie and has settled in as a key defender since.

This season, Pro Football Focus rates Holcomb 32nd among off-ball linebackers. Illustrating the impact Holcomb has when available, his 69 tackles are still 11 more than any other Commander this year. His contract is up at season’s end.

Additionally, Washington used one of its injury activations to bring linebacker Milo Eifler off IR. A second-year UDFA, Eifler has been a backup during his seven-game run with the team over the past two seasons. Because the Commanders also activated Chase Young off the PUP list earlier this week, they now have four injury activations remaining. The team would undoubtedly save an IR-return slot for Holcomb, in the event he will be ready to come back when first eligible on New Year’s Day.

NFL COVID List Updates: 12/22/21

We’ve compiled a list of players who were placed or activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list today. In some instances (including Christian McCaffrey and Travis Etienne), players activated from the list remain on IR:

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  • Placed on list: T Le’Raven Clark

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Washington Football Team

Redskins Sign Dwayne Haskins, 6 Others

Washington’s quarterback of the future signed his rookie deal on Thursday. Dwayne Haskins inked his four-year contract, with the 2023 option, the Redskins announced.

Chosen No. 15 overall, the Ohio State product signed his slot deal — worth $14.416MM with an $8.504MM signing bonus.

Six other Redskins draftees joined Haskins in signing shortly before the team begins its rookie minicamp. Running back Bryce Love, guard Wes Martin, center Ross Pierschbacher, linebacker Cole Holcomb, wide receiver Kelvin Harmon and cornerback Jimmy Moreland signed their four-year rookie pacts.

The second Redskins first-round quarterback pick this decade and fourth this century — following Patrick Ramsey, Jason Campbell, and Robert Griffin III — Haskins comes to Washington on the heels of throwing 50 touchdown passes as a sophomore. He joins a new-look Redskins quarterback room, featuring Case Keenum, and will likely see extensive action as a rookie.

The only members of Washington’s draft class yet to sign are Montez Sweat and Haskins’ college teammate Terry McLaurin.