No need for Redskins to panic over injuries

No need for Redskins to panic over injuries
October 17, 2011, 4:46 pm
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With Kory Lichtensteiger probably out for the year with torn knee ligaments, Trent Williams out for at least a week or two with a high ankle sprain and Chris Cooley on the shelf for a month or more with a broken finger, my Twitter timeline has been peppered with questions asking if the Redskins are going to pull a trade for some help.The short answer is that I seriously doubt it. For the long answer, lets travel back in time a little more than three years.On the first day of training camp in 2008, defensive end Phillip Daniels, a good player but not a star, suffered a torn ACL, ending his season before it got started. Vinny Cerrato immediately hit the phones, and by that afternoon the Redskins had traded second- and sixth-round draft choices for Miami defensive end Jason Taylor.The deal for the three-time All Pro, who was 34 at the time, proved to be a disaster. Taylor played 13 games and got 3.5 sacks before being released in the off-season. He was back with the Dolphins by the time Miami used the draft picks they got from the Redskins.That is what happens when you dont conduct succession planning. The need to pull off a trade, a big one or a minor one, after one injury to a starter is a sign of a poor organization.It appears that the Redskins will do what solid organizations do and play the next man up. Erik Cook is your starting center as Will Montgomery moved into Lichtensteigers left guard spot. It seems likely that seventh-round draft pick Maurice Hurt will get signed from the practice squad to back up on the interior.Sean Locklear will start at left tackle. With Trent Williams inactive, undrafted rookie Willie Smith will be up on game days to be the backup tackle.Fred Davis was the top tight end anyway, both in terms of snaps and targets, and Logan Paulsen will step into Cooleys spot as the second tight end. Mike Sellers will back up at fullback and serve as the third tight end.Barring a surprise, those are what the changes will be. I know its not very exciting and it doesnt make for fodder for Twitter or message board discussion, but most good organizations are boring.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.