Reconfigured Redskins Offensive Line Taking Shape In Wake Of Injuries
ASHBURN – One personnel decision Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan did not announce Wednesday was whether he’d move Jammal Brown to left tackle after Trent Williams sustained a high right ankle sprain in the team’s 20-13 loss to Philadelphia.
Brown made the Pro Bowl as a left tackle with New Orleans in 2006 and 2008. Sean Locklear, who replaced Williams against the Eagles, was a right tackle for seven years with Seattle before arriving in Washington this season.
The Redskins project to have Will Montgomery, Erik Cook and Chris Chester start at the interior positions Sunday against Carolina. That would leave Chester, the right guard, as the only player on the offensive line who will start at the same position against the Panthers as he did against Philadelphia.
“That’s this business,” Chester said. “Injuries happen. It’s part of the game. I think we all understand that coming into this, and if we have to make an adjustment, I’m sure they will if we need to.”
Cook, who made his NFL debut on Sunday when Montgomery moved to left guard to replace Kory Lichtensteiger, nearly wasn’t able to do so. He strained his calf before the game and was not expected to be able to play, Shanahan said, but felt fine when Lichtensteiger tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee.
“We were out on the field [before the game], and he said, ‘If somebody goes down, I think I might be able to go,’” Shanahan said. “He was able to fight through it. I felt very fortunate that not only did he go back in the game, but that he played pretty good.”
Cook, a seventh-round draft pick out of New Mexico a year ago, was on the Redskins’ practice squad last season.
“I took a big deep breath before, and I think I was calm when I was going out there,” Cook said.
Lichtensteiger was officially placed on injured reserve yesterday, ending his season. The team promoted Maurice Hurt, a seventh-round pick in April’s draft, from the practice squad, and signed 6-foot-2, 298-pound guard John Malecki to replace him.
Malecki, undrafted out of Pittsburgh a year ago, was on the practice squads in Tennessee, Cleveland and Tampa Bay last season and was in training camp and on the practice squad in Pittsburgh until he was released Oct. 9.
“I mean, it’s a good opportunity. Any time you get to put a helmet on in the National Football League, you’ve got to be happy about it,” Malecki said. “I was eating dinner with my parents and my agent called me. He said, ‘You might have to pack your bags and go down to Washington. I guess they’re pretty banged up on the offensive line and stuff, so they’re looking to bring you down.’ I went and packed up and hopped in the truck and was here Monday night.”