His impact on defense would've been minimal given that his cornerback spot on the Washington Redskins 53-man roster would've been for depth.
Where Richard Crawford's impact would have been felt the most is on special teams, where he was projected to be the teams starting punt-returner.
Crawford will no longer get that chance in 2013 due to tears in his ACL, LCL, and MCL, suffered in Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills.
“He was really disappointed,” said head coach Mike Shanahan about Crawford's reaction to an injury that wasn't initially assumed to be as serious. “He worked extremely hard to put himself in the position that he [was] at right now."
On Monday, Washington waived/injured Crawford, a designation that will land him on the teams injured reserve list if he clears waivers.
Washington's punt returner of a season ago faces a nine-month recovery time while rehabbing his knee.
This is the second season-ending injury suffered in Washington's secondary this preseason. Rookie Phillip Thomas was placed on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot.
Crawford's injury opens the door not only for someone else to return punts, but also for someone to win a roster spot at cornerback.