Montez Sweat suffered a non-displaced fractured jaw in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. The injury appears to have happened late in the 4th quarter. Sweat is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and will have to go on a soft foods diet and avoid physical contact while he recovers. The injury is not expected to require surgery.
Sweat had high expectations for himself, and for Washington's defense going into the season. He publicly talked about having a goal of breaking the combined sack record with fellow starting DE Chase Young. After 8 games the duo has a combined 5.5 sacks(Sweat 4, Young 1.5) and the defense has been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this year. They have shown improvement over the last few weeks, but Sweat's absence is a big blow to s defense that needs all the help it can get going into the final 9 game stretch after the bye week.
The trade deadline passed yesterday without the 2-6 Washington Football Team making any moves. The defensive end depth chart will be Chase Young, James Smith-Williams, Casey Toohill and rookie Shaka Toney for now. They also have another 7th round rookie(William Bradley-King) available on the practice squad, along with Bunmi Rotimi.
Sweat suffered the non-displaced fracture during Washington's game in Denver, sources said. He will not need surgery but will have to go on a soft-foods diet and avoid physical contact for 4-6 weeks, according to another source.https://t.co/yA2eNJxJhf— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) November 3, 2021
This seems like the play DE Montez Sweat injured his jaw. Denver had 3rd and 8 from the WSH 47. Sweat appears to be in pain after the block from Broncos LG Dalton Risner and did not play in the final seven defensive snaps. pic.twitter.com/Skye4utVRa— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) November 3, 2021