Injury Update on Washington Commanders Offensive Lineman

The Washington Commanders offensive line suffered a huge loss in Week 13's 20-20 tie against the New York Giants, and its ramifications could linger into the rest of the season. According to the Athletic's Ben Standig, center Tyler Larsen suffered a dislocated kneecap on Sunday, jeopardizing his availability for the rest of the year. Larsen started the past eight games this season after coming back from a 2021 Achilles tear. He earned a middling 58.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus for his efforts but contributed to a surprising 6-1-1 record for the Commanders over that span.

Though it might be short-sighted to attribute much of the Commanders' success over the past eight games to Larsen, the team certainly can't afford to regress to their early season ways as they pursue a playoff berth. The Commanders lost four of their first five games before Larsen rejoined the starting lineup, scoring 18 points per game and rushing for 89 yards per game. They've averaged 20.4 points per game and 146.6 rushing yards per game since his return.

Larsen initially joined the Commanders as a free agent after five years with the Carolina Panthers. He has served largely as a backup and occasional starter, starting 29 of his 86 appearances over his seven seasons in the league.
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