The most important number for Week 16:
That’s the salary of every player on the Redskins Injured Reserve (IR) plus Jordan Reed. That is almost a third of the Skins total salary cap.
When a player goes on IR their salaries still count against the team, making replacing them much harder, and forcing teams to make do with the next man up, even if there are available free agents who are better.
The “next man up” is a backup, who no one has likely ever heard of, making the league minimum salary. It goes without saying that if the backups were anywhere near as good as the starters, they would be starting on another team.
The fact the Skins are playing with only two thirds of a team explains a lot of their issues this year. Why the O-line went from allowing 23 sacks all last year to allowing almost 40 so far this year. How they went from 3-2 in the first five weeks and to 2-6 the next eight. How they went from being tied for first in the NFC East division to fighting to stay out of the basement.
If the Redskins injured players were a nation, they would have the world’s SECOND smallest economy. The island nation Tuvalu has a gross domestic product (GDP) of 32 million.
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