The Washington Redskins today confirmed the news that their fans had been fearing ever since offseason arrival, Junior Galette, went down in practice on Wednesday.
On the heels of talk of a torn Achilles tendon, circulated by NFL insiders, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden admitted today that the linebacker would miss the entire 2015 season.
The official update from the team means Galette, who only signed a one-year deal in July following his far from amicable release by the New Orleans Saints, may well never actually pad up for Washington in a regular season game.
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When the Redskins made a move for Galette, hoping to snag a potential difference maker for their defense, it was seen as a gamble. Events over the past 24 hours now mean that gamble has well and truly failed to pay off (in the short-term at least).
In confirming the news today Gruden was clearly frustrated, citing the former Saints man as a "special kind of player."
One current Washington Redskins defensive star, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, went even further.
"He was the missing piece to our D," Hall said on Galette, via ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.
"The best pass rusher I've ever been around hands down & it's not close"
Having recorded 22 sacks over the past two seasons, Junior Galette would certainly have added some extra bite to the Redskins on the defensive side of the ball in 2015.
The season-ending injury caps a roller coaster few months for the 27-year-old. Galette was cut by the Saints in July amidst off-field accusations and locker room descent, less than a year after signing a $41 million extension.
Having looked to have landed on his feet in Washington the veteran now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines and an uncertain future.
Redskins fans: How does your team bounce back from the injury setback? Have your say in the comments below...