What seemed like an annoying kick in the calf turned into a significant medical issue for the Washington Redskins and defensive end Jason Taylor, who underwent a 20-minute emergency procedure Monday and will miss next week's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
"He's going to be fine," coach Jim Zorn said. "Our problem is that he's going to be out for this Dallas game for sure. I can't tell you beyond that."
The injury will end Taylor's consecutive games streak at 133, the seventh longest among active players. He hasn't missed a game since 1999, early in his career with the Miami Dolphins.
Taylor was kicked in his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He finished the game and had three tipped passes _ including two during a crucial stand inside the Redskins' 10-yard line in the second half _ but the leg became painful and sore Sunday night, and he lost feeling in his ankle as blood began to pool.
Taylor checked into a hospital early Monday morning.
"They went in and cut open that portion where the blood was pooling and released that pressure," Zorn said.
Taylor was just starting to find his stride with the Redskins, who traded for him on the first day of training camp after Phillip Daniels was lost for the season with a knee injury. The six-time Pro Bowl lineman, whose 118 sacks rank first among active players, sprained his knee during preseason and was ineffective in the regular-season opener against the New York Giants.
But Taylor rebounded to have his first sack with the Redskins last week and forced the Cardinals into a field goal by tipping passes on second-and-goal and third-and-goal Sunday.
Seventh-year player Demetric Evans, a reliable Redskins backup for the past four years, is expected to start while Taylor is out, with Chris Wilson and Erasmus James also getting more playing time.
Evans' meeting with reporters Monday had a deja vu feeling. He was in line to take over the starting job when Daniels got hurt _ before the Taylor trade. He was also preparing to start the opener in case Taylor didn't recover from the sprained knee.
This time, Evans' promotion to the starting lineup is for real.
"Rumor has it, Jason will probably be ready on Thursday," Evans said jokingly. "That's how it seemed to work this year. All in all, though, regardless of who starts, they'll be prepared and we're just looking forward to going to Dallas and putting on a good show."