Tales from injured reserve
On IR, some of the hardest work is done when no one is watching.
Injuries are an inevitable part of football, and many would argue that they are the worst part. For NFL players who spend their entire offseasons training their bodies, envisioning an opportunity to advance their careers and help their teams, it can be devastating to land on injured reserve. There is a physical and mental toll on players as they disappear from the sight of fans, media and even coaches when their seasons end abruptly because of an injury.
“As crazy as it might sound, it’s not a lot we can do to convince somebody how hard we work when we’re not playing,” said Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall, who spent time on IR last season. “Like a guy on the practice squad, he’s a guy that nobody ever sees on Sunday, but Monday through Friday, they’re the hardestworking guys on the roster because they’re asked to do so much more on the football field that never gets noticed by the outside public. Being on IR is kind of similar to that from a mental standpoint. We’re doing all the grunt work behind the scenes as opposed to the forefront.”
Four Redskins players who have landed on injured reserve over the past four seasons — tight end Niles Paul, left guard Shawn Lauvao, outside linebacker Junior Galette and right tackle Morgan Moses — opened up about their experiences.