Duke in the NFL: Jamison Crowder will be out for a few weeks

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder #80 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by defensive end Margus Hunt #92 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder #80 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by defensive end Margus Hunt #92 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Jamison Crowder, the former Duke Football star, will be sideline for a few weeks with the Washington Redskins with an ankle injury.

The Washington Redskins were hoping this would not turn into a long term injury, but it ultimately has for former Duke Football star Jamison Crowder.

Crowder suffered an ankle injury back on October 8 on Monday Night Football where the New Orleans Saints defeated the Redskins 43-19. After not practicing all week, it was reported late Saturday night by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Crowder would not play against the Carolina Panthers last week.

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As this week as unfolded, Crowder’s ankle has not gotten much better as he was ruled out for Sunday’s home contest against the Dallas Cowboys and the expectation is that he will be out for a few weeks.

Crowder will be missed in a Redskins offense that is already dealing with injuries at the skill positions and in an offense that thrives on short passes and gaining yards after the catch.

In four games this season, Crowder has been targeted 19 times as he caught 13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. The Duke product also has three rushes this season for 35 yards.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first one to break the news on Crowder and there is no structural damage in Crowder’s ankle and the team believes that it is just a severe sprain.

Assuming that Crowder might be dealing with a high ankle sprain, the timetable is normally around five weeks with that type of injury.

In the best case scenario, Crowder could return to the field for the Redskins on Sunday, November 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but I’d assume that a more realistic timetable would be for Crowder to be back on the field on Thanksgiving Day when the Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys.

The Washington Redskins are currently 3-2 on the season and leading the NFC East by a half of a game over the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.