Kory Lichtensteiger Has Knee Surgery, Could Miss Preseason
ASHBURN – Kory Lichtensteiger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday in an attempt to clear out loose cartilage that had been causing the Washington Redskins’ left guard soreness in recent days.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said he expects Lichtensteiger, who tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in that knee early last season, to return by the season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9. If Lichtensteiger’s recovery goes well, he could be back in time for the third preseason game, which will take place Aug. 25 against Indianapolis.
“It was a little sore, and so he had an MRI just to make sure, and that’s when we found those particles,” Shanahan said. “Just talking to [the doctors], he thought it’d be smart to go in there and clean those particles out of the cartilage rather than him waiting a week or two to see if it improved and him having that soreness. The good part about it is the ACL’s fine, the MCL’s fine. Any time you get in to scope, the guy should be back fairly quickly, so hopefully that’s the case.”
Maurice Hurt, who replaced Lichtensteiger for eight of the final nine games last season, and rookie Josh LeRibeus alternated working with the starters at the Redskins’ walkthrough and practice on Monday. Hurt had been playing right tackle, while LeRibeus, a third-round draft choice out of SMU, had been alternating between left guard and center.
“I think you have to be very patient with Kory, just because you don’t want to lose a player for the season,” Shanahan said. “But when you do have a little cartilage like that and it’s this time of year – I’ve waited too many times for a week to two weeks and then all of a sudden you go in there the week before the first game and the guy can’t play. I said, ‘Why not do it right now, make sure it’s OK?’ Obviously that wasn’t my recommendation. The doctors thought it was in his best interest to get it cleaned out, and hopefully he’s ready to go full-speed.”
Lichtensteiger’s loss could leave the Redskins with the same starting offensive line entering the preseason as they had at the end of last season. Jammal Brown, the starting right tackle, has been unable to practice after aggravating his sore right hip while running last Wednesday.