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Montez Sweat expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured jaw

A big blow to Washington's defense

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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.