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Redskins’ Josh Harvey-Clemons suffers knee injury, evaluated for concussion

The Washington Redskins suffered another injury to their linebacking corps on Thursday. Third-year linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons left the Week 2 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals early, as NBCSportsWashington.com’s JP Finlay reports he was evaluated for a concussion and suffered a knee injury.

The Redskins subsequently announced that he is questionable to return.

With Harvey-Clemons’ injury, the Redskins have four linebackers not playing on Thursday night. Rookie Cole Holcomb hurt his shoulder, Shaun Dion Hamilton isn’t playing with a chest injury, and Reuben Foster tore his ACL earlier in the offseason. Washington also released veteran Mason Foster.

The 6-foot-4 Clemons played safety at Louisville, but the Redskins had other plans when they selected him in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The team moved him to linebacker, and then he spent most of his first two seasons as a pro converting to the position. Coming into 2019, he’s expected to play in the nickel linebacker role.

Harvey-Clemons has played 26 games as a pro, starting none. In that span, he’s recorded 33 combined tackles, two for a loss, two quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks, and four pass deflections.

As a rookie in 2017, the bulk of his snaps came on special teams, as he recorded 93 on defense and 206 on special teams. In 2018, he saw a bump up in snaps altogether, but still saw most of his time on special teams. He recorded 196 defensive snaps and 295 special teams snaps on the year.

Washington has him listed as the third inside linebacker on their preseason depth chart, behind Dion Hamilton and Jon Bostic.