Return Of Trent Williams, Addition Of Maurice Hurt Solidify Offensive Line
LANDOVER, Md. – While Maurice Hurt thought early in the week he could possibly start for the Washington Redskins if Trent Williams was healthy, it wasn’t until the game started that the moment actually hit him.
“When they kicked the ball off, I was kind of like, ‘Holy cow, this is happening,’” Hurt said. “It was a great experience. I loved playing. It was everything I could have dreamed for.”
Williams, the team’s starting left tackle, returned in the 19-11 loss to San Francisco after sustaining a high right ankle sprain against Philadelphia on Oct. 16. That allowed the Redskins to move Will Montgomery from left guard to center, his more natural position, and insert Hurt at left guard. Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter, tore ligaments in his knee against the Eagles and is out for the season.
Hurt said he didn’t know if the coaches planned to stick with that lineup, which also includes Chris Chester at right guard and Jammal Brown at right tackle, through the remainder of the season. Muddying the issue is that Brown left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury and his status is uncertain.
Sean Locklear, who played left tackle in Williams’ absence, entered the game for Brown. Erik Cook, the center since Lichtensteiger went down, did not play.
The Redskins allowed 10 sacks against Buffalo a week ago. At least half of those could be pinned on quarterback John Beck, but the lack of protection certainly didn’t help. It was better against the 49ers; Beck was sacked just once.
Hurt, a seventh-round draft pick out of Florida, began his season on the Redskins’ practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster on Oct. 18, a day after the team placed Lichtensteiger on injured reserve, and was active for each of the Redskins’ last two games though he did not play.
He struggled early against San Francisco, but was able to pick up the speed and pace of the game as it went on.
“It may have taken me a second to get used to, but I think all in all, I did OK,” Hurt said.