Redskins Notes: OL will be shuffled

Redskins Notes: OL will be shuffled
October 17, 2011, 9:17 pm
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The day-after injury report for the Redskins wasnt any prettier than the postgame news from their 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (right ACL, MCL) is out for the season, and left tackle Trent Williams (high ankle sprain) and tight end Chris Cooley (left index finger) arent expected to play Sunday in Carolina.

Coach Mike Shanahan said the nature of Williams injury timetable is usually a couple weeks, Cooley is slated for surgery on Wednesday, and Lichtensteiger is headed to injured reserve.

Shanahan floated he is also concerned with Cooleys knee, which kept him out the entire preseason and landed him on the injury report last week.

After the surgery, I have to get more opinions on his knee, Shanahan said. We did rest it, and it did swell up eventually. Well listen to opinions over the next few days to make a decision for sure.

The offensive line injuries will force some shuffling. Its a given that center Will Montgomery will move to left guard (as he did Sunday) and Erik Cook will start at center. The lone issue is if Jammal Brown stays put at right tackle or moves to the left side.

Its not ideal, but its been done before, Montgomery said. Everybody is a pro at this level, and we should be able to get the job done.

Cook got his first extensive regular-season playing experience when Lichtensteiger was injured and veteran Sean Locklear replaced Williams.

Shanahan said its a possibility Brown will shift to the left side (45 career starts at the position), allowing Locklear to play the right side (68 starts there).

Ill do whatever the team asks me to do, Brown said. Im probably a little bit behind on it because Seans been practicing there, but if that how it shuffles out, its not like I havent done it there before.

When Lichtensteiger is placed on IR, rookie guard Maurice Hurt will be elevated from the practice squad.

Armstrong possibly back

Receiver Anthony Armstrong has missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury.

He was much improved last week 85-90 percent, Shanahan said. I hope hes ready to go on Wednesday.

Sideline dangers

New Orleans coach Sean Payton tore a knee ligament and broke his leg when he was run over on the sideline during the Saints loss to Tampa Bay. He had surgery on Monday.

Shanahan said he has been torpedoed in major fashion just once.

It happened one time playing Kansas City and the guy was only three feet away and at the last second, an offensive lineman pushed a guy and hit me, and I went back and landed on the back of my head and saw stars, he said. I told the guy, Call a play. I cant think.

The next week, I was jogging from the sideline and I went down on one knee and I went and got it x-rayed and I had a crack in my vertebrae and didnt realize it for the week.

Quick kicks

Shanahan said he had yet to watch video of the postgame confrontation between San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit coach Jim Schwartz. But I heard its quite interesting, he said.

In the fourth quarter, the Redskins lined up for a 51-yard field goal but took a delay-of-game penalty when Montgomery was late getting on the field. I made a dumb ... error and I ran off because I thought we were punting the ball, he said.

Shanahan and other players said the coachs game tape did not have a shot of the play on which Lichtensteiger was injured, which was far up the field after an interception. Shanahan was hoping the television copy had an image but FOX didnt have a replay.

The Panthers have opened up as three-point favorites.

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