Injuries, suspension make line a concern for Redskins

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As much as Robert Griffin III has changed the quarterback position for the Redskins, they’re also benefitting from the fact they’ve started the same offensive line in all 14 games.

Injuries and a suspension have thrown that group into flux, however, at a time when they need to play their best.

It’s nice to not have to adjust, not so much what you’re doing, but the timing of everything just because you’ve got new guys in there that aren’t used to running the offense the way we’re doing it right now,” left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said while knocking on wood, via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times.

But center Will Montgomery injured his MCL in Sunday’s win over the Browns, and right tackle Tyler Polumbus suffered a concussion. With backup tackle Jordan Black suspended four games, the Redskins are suddenly running thin at what had been a stable position.

With Lichtensteiger shifting inside to snap, only two Redskins offensive linemen finished the game in the spot they started — left tackle Trent Williams and right guard Chris Chester.

“Whatever it is, guys have got to step up and play at a high level, and we expect them to do that,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

On a team with veteran parts, it’s easier to cover things. But with a choice between a pair of rookies, one injured, the Redskins need all the help they can get up front.

23 responses to “Injuries, suspension make line a concern for Redskins

  1. While this obviously won’t make Griffin’s job any easier, it’s easy to forget that the skins drafted four backup linemen last April. Putting a bunch of rookies on the line for two crucial games is by no means an ideal situation, but with guys from last year who know the system, like Willie Smith and Maurice Hurt, floating around free agency, the situation is not as bleak as the article makes it out to be.

  2. @skinssuck:

    The Washington Redskins won 3 Super Bowls, and yeah one was in a strike shortened season and they won putting up the 35 points in the second quarter against Elway in the prime of his career. You might be one of the only people I’ve ever heard try to discredit that victory in anyway.

    Even if you take that one away, your math is still a little off… good job.

  3. I stand corrected the win against the Dolphins was the “shortened season” which was in ’82.

    They missed a single game in the ’87 season against the Broncos.

    Either way your still a ‘skins hating clown.

  4. That’s too bad. The Redskins are making things interesting in the NFC right now and I would love to watch them make a playoff run.

  5. @skinssuck:

    The Washington Redskins won 3 Super Bowls, and yeah one was in a strike shortened season and they won putting up the 35 points in the second quarter against Elway in the prime of his career. You might be one of the only people I’ve ever heard try to discredit that victory in anyway.

    Even if you take that one away, your math is still a little off… good job.
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    Actually, two of our Super Bowl wins were during strike shortened seasons. XVII and XXII were during strke years.

  6. the funny thing is didn’t the redskins with all scab players, 3 of them picked up from halfway houses and beat the cowboys with all pro players on mnf. seen it on nfl network with casserly talking about it.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:03 PM

    Come on Eagles, show some pride this week.
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    kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    Go Birds! Love, NYG
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    Don’t worry NYC, if Washington violates the spirit of competition by bumping the Giants out of the playoffs, Mara will just suspend the whole franchise next year.

  8. Don’t forget the Skins beat the dallas cowboys in Dallas with an all scrub team. Dallas had a lot of their stars playing in that game (randy white, danny white, tony dorsett and others that crossed the picket line). No skins players crossed the strike lines that year. Gibbs went and got a qb and other players from prison and probation, grocery stores etc to play in that game and we won (spawing the flim “the replacements”. That in itself makes that superbowl winning year even more magical and unbelievable. Gibbs doesn’t get nearly enough credit as he should. Going to 4 superbowls and winning 3. Parcels and Ditka were great too but fall short of Gibbs. Hail to the Redskins!

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