The Washington Commanders will head into the 2023 NFL season with high hopes of finally turning this storied franchise around, with the team going through an offseason of change now that Daniel Snyder is no longer the owner of the team.
One of the keys to success for the Commanders will be the play of wide receiver Terry McLaurin and quarterback Sam Howell, as some believe this could become a lethal dynamic duo in the NFL in 2023.
Unfortunately for Washington, McLaurin’s Week 1 status is in doubt, with the Pro Bowl wideout dealing with a toe injury ahead of the clash with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post via Dov Kleiman.
There's hope he can play however, still uncertain though. pic.twitter.com/fXeIwmQXBx
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 5, 2023
Even without McLaurin on the field for Week 1, the Commanders are still expected to come out on top against the lowly Cardinals, but obviously, his presence helps the team offensively, with Howell having a go-to target in the passing game.
McLaurin is coming off a career year in 2022, where he caught 77 passes for a career-high 1,191 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
It should be an interesting season, to say the least, for the Commanders with no telling whether this team will excel in the post-Snyder era with a solid year straight away or if it’ll take a little more time to come together and be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC.
It doesn’t make things any easier for the Commanders that they play in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, with the NFC East stacked with talent from top to bottom.NEXT: Jahan Dotson Reveals His Expectations For 2023 Season