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Commanders place Chase Roullier on IR, add center Nick Martin

9/21/2022 12:25:20 PM
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The Washington Commanders placed starting center Chase Roullier on injured reserve Tuesday and signed Nick Martin to add depth and experience to an offensive line already beleaguered by injuries, Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post reports.

Roullier, who missed nine games last season with an ankle injury, suffered a knee injury late in the Commanders’ loss at the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He could be eligible to return for Week 7, when the Commanders host the Green Bay Packers, but according to a person familiar with the situation, Roullier is seeking a second opinion to determine his next steps. With or without surgery, it’s possible he may need the rest of the season to recover.

“My least favorite part of the game is those injuries, and I know what he did last year and how he battled,” Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz said after the loss to the Lions. “I saw him in there working every day since I’ve got here in the spring, and my heart just dropped when he went down. . . . It really stinks — especially a competitor like he is, such a great guy, such a leader on this team up front, especially with those O-linemen.”

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that guard Wes Schweitzer would step in as the starting center, but Schweitzer has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. Martin, 29, is a seasoned player who could serve as a backup to Schweitzer and possibly take over if needed.

The Houston Texans selected Martin in the second round of the 2016 draft, and ankle injuries sidelined him for his rookie season as well as at the end of his second year. From 2018 to 2020, Martin started every game for the Texans at center before he was released in early 2021, a year-and-a-half after he signed a three-year contract extension. Martin played in all 17 games last season with the Las Vegas Raiders but did not start. In July, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, only to be cut before Week 1.

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