Washington Redskins’ tight end Niles Paul injured his shoulder in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals and is questionable to return, according to the franchise’s official Twitter account. Also, safety Duke Ihenacho was knocked out of the game with a concussion after taking a scary knee to the head.
Paul is mainly a special teamer, but he is also very capable of being a threat in the passing game.
The 27-year-old has caught two passes for 27 yards this season. Paul, who played his collegiate football at the University of Nebraska, was selected by the Redskins in the fifth-round (155th pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Since then, he has scarcely been a target in Washington’s passing game, tallying only 13 receptions over his first three seasons, but he enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014.
That year, Paul registered 39 catches for 507 yards and a score in place of the injured Jordan Reed. As a result of Paul’s production, Washington re-signed him to a three-year, $10 million deal that offseason. Unfortunately, Paul fractured his ankle during the Redskins’ first preseason game in 2015 and he was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 16. He would proceed to miss the entire 2015 campaign.
Ihenacho played his college ball at San Jose State and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2012. He made his way to the Redskins in 2014 and has played only sparingly since, but he has started two games this season.