The Washington Football Team was dealt a tough blow Wednesday, having to place tight end Logan Thomas on Injured Reserve.
According to Nicki Jhabvala, Thomas suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Falcons. Thomas left the game after just five plays with an apparent injury and did not return. Afterwards, Thomas was spotted walking off the field with a wrap around his leg above the knee.
Thomas has been an important contributor in Washington's offense, with 12 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns through four games. Just as Washington appeared to finally be at full strength with all its weapons, with wide receiver Curtis Samuel playing for the first time this season, it now loses Thomas for an extended period of time.
Per the NFL's updated injury policy for 2021, there is no longer a cap on how many players can return from a team's IR, although only players on the 53-man roster are eligible to be designated for return.
Thomas could be eligible to return from IR after missing three games. That means the earliest he could return is Washington's Week 8 game in Denver, requiring him to miss upcoming games against New Orleans, Kansas City and Green Bay, at minimum.
Washington also announced the signing of tight end Jace Sternberger, a former third-round pick by the Packers (Texas A&M) in 2019.
Sternberger has 12 career catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. He was suspended two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy this summer and was subsequently waived by the Packers after returning from suspension in September.
Washington signed Sternberger off of Seattle's practice squad, which he joined after being waived by Green Bay.