With Kory Lichtensteiger missing practice all week with a sprained ankle there is a chance that Josh LeRibeus will be starting at left guard for the Redskins when they play the Seahawks in the NFC playoffs on Sunday.
“I’m ready,” said LeRibeus, a rookie the Redskins drafted in the third round last spring.
When Lichtensteiger was injured against the Cowboys, LeRibeus came in and played 22 snaps, about a third of the offensive plays.
“I was excited. I was thinking do not get beat, so I was going a million miles an hour,” he said. “It cost me a couple of times but I settled down after that.”
LeRibeus had a lot to learn and it has been a long process since the start of OTA’s in the spring. “With me it’s repetition, repetition, repetition, that’s how I learn,” he said. “I’m at my most confident right now.”
“They told me to be ready all year,” said LeRibeus. “I didn’t know it would take this long to get in there but, hey, I’m ready. The coaches have prepared me well.”
If LeRibeus does end up starting, he is aware that the Seahawks might want to pick on the rookie making his first start.
“I imagine they might have something in store for me,” he said with a nervous smile.
Lichtensteiger, who started all 16 regular season games, is listed as questionable for the game and Mike Shanahan said that he will be a game-time decision.