Limping to the finish line: Washington soccer team missing 5 key players for home final?

Professional football is a war of attrition in normal years. For the Washington football team and all other NFL franchises in 2021, there’s one more bully to deal with.

As COVID-19 continues to ensure there is plenty of ‘yes, but’ material for league fans, the WFT has sent two other key players to its own reserve list / COVID-19 as the Running back Antonio Gibson and offensive lineman Ereck Flowers Sr joined other players like offensive lineman Sam Cosmi and punter Tress Way who were already on the roster before Friday.

Suffering from a more traditional affliction, cornerback William Jackson III was ruled out for a second straight week due to the calf injury he sustained during the team’s first meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles this past. season.

Montez Sweat has not trained for the third day in a row as he mourns the loss of his brother and is officially questionable for the game.

Wide receiver Curtis Samuel (hamstrings) and defensive end James Smith-Williams (illness) are also questionable.

Samuel and Smith-Williams have both been restricted in training all week, leading to a slight uptick in optimism. Both could be available as Washington clings to this weekend’s playoff hopes against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller missed practice on Friday for personal reasons but appears to be ready to go on Sunday according to the team report.

Offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles, who was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, was a full participant on Friday and should be able to play in Week 17.

For the Eagles, the only player officially ruled out due to injury is running back Miles Sanders, who broke his hand in Week 16.

With new protocols in place, Gibson, Flowers and other reserve / COVID-19 roster players could potentially be allowed to play on Sunday. Not having to travel for the game helps, but the team is preparing to move forward without them right now.

One more trip to FedEx Field for the Washington soccer team as we know it, so players and coaches are hoping to come out on a high note while ringing in 2022 with a win.

Despite the whole season, and COVID-19, keep throwing them.

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