​As the Washington Redskins look to continue their push for a playoff spot in the NFC, they learned today they'll have to do it without this year's first-round draft pick.

​​In yesterday's win over the San Fransisco 49ers, Jonathan Allen suffered a foot injury, later diagnosed as a lisfranc sprain. The Alabama product has started all five games for Washington this year, totaling ten tackles and one sack.

With the NFC East looking weaker than once expected, the Redskins surely fancy themselves to be in the running for a Wild Card spot. It will be tougher sledding without Allen in the coming weeks, however.

If he does miss the next four games, the Redskins' defense will be shorthanded against the Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Vikings. With two division rivals upcoming, the timing of the injury is truly unfortunate.

While Washington will be bolstered by the impending return of All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, it looks like they'll have to go with a 'next man up' approach for Allen's spot along the defensive front.

With a trip to ​first-place Philly set for Monday Night Football next week, we won't have to wait long to find out if that approach pans out.