Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was carted off the field during the team's first training camp practice today with what was described as a hyper-extended left knee.
According to various reports (WaPo, AP), he was hurt during the first play of seven-on-seven drills. This doesn't make any sense, as defensive linemen don't participate in such drills. They are passing game drills conducted without offensive or defensive linemen.
Regardless of what type of drill it was, Daniels was on the turf for several minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart. He was seen after practice unable to put any weight on his left leg. He will be making a trip to the MRI machine sometime soon and after that we'll have a better idea as to how much time the 35-year-old will miss.
Daniels is one of eight defensive ends on the roster. Alex Buzbee, Andre Carter, Demetric Evans, Kevin Huntley, Rob Jackson, Erasmus James, and Chris Wilson are the others. His immediate replacement in the starting lineup will be Evans, who has started just a handful of games during his seven-year NFL career.
The injury also creates a void at defensive tackle. On passing downs, Daniels rotates inside and linebacker Marcus Washington puts his hand in the dirt and rushed the passer from the left defensive end spot.
Should the tests reveal that Daniels will be out for an extended period of time, we'll look at the ripple effects that could have on the rest of the lineup at that time.