Chase Roullier worried about serious knee injury: report

Washington Commanders center Chase Rullier suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s 36-27 loss to the Detroit Lions, and according to multiple reports, there are concerns that could cost him the season.

Rullier is reportedly seeking further evaluation, but head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Washington’s starter is likely to go to injury reserves. If – and when – that happens, Rulliel will be asked to miss at least the next four games. If he’s listed this week, he won’t be eligible to return for the Oct. 23 game against the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN reported that Rulliel may need season-end surgery to repair the injury. The 29-year-old collapsed against the Lions with 1:08 left and was seen in the locker room on crutches.

If he finishes the year, it will be another prematurely finished season for Rullier. Last year, Rulliel suffered a broken leg and a serious ankle injury in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.

The former six-rounder has started 63 games for Washington since being drafted in 2017. He signed a four-year, $40.5 million extension in January 2021.

Without Rullier, Washington would likely turn to Wes Schweitzer at center — if Schweitzer is healthy. The veteran missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury after starting Week 1 at right back. Schweitzer started five games last season, two of them at center.

Rivera said Wes Martin, who was promoted from the practice squad for the Lions game, will be Schweitzer’s backup, and guard Sahdiq Charles will be the emergency center. The team also has Jon Toth on the scrims and Tyler Larsen on the physically unable to perform roster.

Larson is recovering from a torn Achilles and won’t be eligible to return until Week 5.

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