Washington Commanders Guard to Miss Week 13

The surprising Washington Commanders will be shorthanded in the trenches when they face off against the New York Giants in Week 13. Right guard Trai Turner was officially declared out with knee and ankle injuries for the pivotal NFC East showdown. Turner exited after 37 snaps in the Commanders' 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12 after aggravating his knee and ankle. He had started eight games this year and appeared in four more.

Turner was once a superstar in the league, earning five straight Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2019. Those days may be behind him, but he's still a serviceable veteran, earning a 62.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus for his efforts this year. His absence will likely hurt the middling Commanders offense; they rank 24th in points scored this season with poor averages in net passing yards per attempt (5.6, 26th) and rushing yards per attempt (4.0, 28th).

Still only 29, Turner initially entered the league as the Carolina Panthers' 92nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He earned his first Pro Bowl with the Panthers' sensational 2015 team, a squad that finished first in scoring and ended the regular season with an amazing 15-1 record. He traded on that success for four more Pro Bowls despite playing only adequately for mediocre offenses. He has bounced around the league since 2019, playing on four teams in four years.

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