October 7, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) in the first quarter at FedEx Field. The Falcons won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins' S Reed Doughty will miss Sunday

The Washington Redskins have lost another member of their defense today to injuries.

Starting safety Reed Doughty is not going to play in Washington’s game on Sunday, according to ESPN.

Starting strong safety Reed Doughty will miss Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion against the Chicago Bears last week while trying to recover an onside kick. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan called the hit on Doughty one of the “most vicious” he’d ever seen. After seeing Doughty this week, it’s not a surprise that he won’t play. On Wednesday, though he talked to the media, he was not quite himself and could not say that the symptoms had disappeared.

Doughty was a participant in the team’s practices on both Wednesday and Thursday, however, he did not practice on Friday.

His absence will obviously be a debilitating loss, as the Redskins will be up against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Everyone knows Peyton likes to throw the ball a lot, and this week’s match up will be no different, especially with yet another injury for the Redskins’ secondary.

According to ESPN’s John Klein,

The question now becomes: What will the Redskins do at safety? The Broncos force teams into a lot of nickel coverages and the Redskins have gone a number of times with three corners and a safety. They could still do that, though the safety would be converted corner E.J. Biggers. If they need a fifth defensive back the Redskins could opt for rookie Bacarri Rambo, who was benched after two starts, or Jose Gumbs, who has played nine career snaps.

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