Redskins return Elewonibi to IR after injury to right knee

November 11, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

Offensive tackle Mo Elewonibi is back where he has spent most of his three-year career with the Washington Redskins -- on injured reserve.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed he suffered a partial ligament tear in his right knee Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks that will sideline him four to six weeks. So the Redskins put him on injured reserve and activated rookie Tom Myslinski from the practice squad.

Myslinski was drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys this year, but then was cut by the Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns.

The Redskins looked at the veteran linemen who have been cut recently by other teams, including Irv Pankey of the Indianapolis Colts, but decided they'd rather go with the youngster who'll be the third backup.

Rookie center Matt Elliott, the last player drafted, will now be the top backup and will go in at center if anything happens to Joe Jacoby, who played at right tackle with a numb shoulder last week after Elewonibi was hurt. Raleigh McKenzie, who started the year at left guard, would then switch from center to right tackle.

The Redskins' next two backups, veteran Mike Haight and Myslinski, have both been cut by two teams this year. Haight, a seven-year veteran, was cut by the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Elewonibi, a third-round draft pick from Brigham Young, spent his first two seasons with the club on injured reserve and started this season there before being activated on Oct. 12. He went into the lineup in the fifth game against the Philadelphia Eagles when Jim Lachey hurt his knee and started the last four games before being injured against the Seahawks.

Since the Redskins only have seven regular-season games left, the injury may sideline him for the rest of the year, although he won't have to undergo surgery.

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