The Washington Redskins are nearing the end of their week five bye-week break. The team has suffered several injuries over the past couple of weeks including the ones endured by cornerback Josh Norman in last Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, so the break was well-needed.

Report states Norman will miss four weeks

According to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Redskins cornerback will miss four weeks will he recovers from rib and related lung issues (damage to his lung lining).

The stand-out corner was injured during the second quarter of Monday night's game after putting a huge hit on Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Norman left the game immediately following the hit, the Washington Post later reported that he had fractured ribs.

Norman also injured his shoulder in the Redskins week two game against the Los Angeles Rams and was still listed on the team's injury report, although he was a full participant in practice the last two weeks.

Norman is the top defensive back, and arguably the best player on what is now shaping up to possibly be the most improved defensive unit in the National Football League through five weeks of football. The Redskins [VIDEO] went from being ranked near the bottom in all categories, to being a top ten team across the board.

The team owes a lot of that to the execution of the new scheme under new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but Norman is the main fire-power behind the bang despite being a lightning rod for league-wide criticism among his peers.

With his current prognosis saying he will miss four games that in turns means he won't be playing until the team takes on either the Dallas Cowboys or Seattle Seahawks. That would mean Washington will be without its best defensive back for the Niners, the second Philadelphia Eagles game and maybe even the Cowboys game depending on how well his body responds to rest. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke after Monday night's game about how the team needed to be careful moving forward with the type of injury Norman has.

"I don't know where it is, how severe the pain is for him, but when you have to play bump and run, you have to tackle and all that stuff, I think it will be about pain-tolerance during the game," Gruden said. "We have got to make sure it's healed enough where he can play and be effective and not do more damage to it."

Better news on offensive lineman Trent Williams

While the news wasn't so good for Norman, Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams received better news on the condition of his injured knee on Thursday as the pro-bowl tackle is considered week-to-week with a patella issue.

The good news is that Williams won't have to undergo surgery, and will likely play week six against the San Francisco 49ers.

The team is still currently without third tackle Ty Nsekhe [VIDEO]will he recovers from an injury, which makes Williams' availability an obvious issue when the Redskins come out of the bye next week against the Niners. Washington does have former Minnesota Vikings tackle T.J. Clemmings, who came in for Williams against the Chiefs and did a decent job last week if Redskins trainers were to decide to keep Trent out for a week.

Gruden will know more information and have an update on the status of others on the Redskins injury report Monday afternoon at his press conference.