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Chris Chester Sprains Left Ankle During Monday’s Practice

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Chris Chester sustained a mild left ankle sprain early in the Washington Redskins’ practice Monday, and head coach Mike Shanahan said he’s uncertain whether the right guard can play Thursday at Buffalo.


Chester was pulling on a run to the left by Roy Helu in team drills and ended up in a pile as Helu went to the ground. He stood up, limped to the sidelines and headed to the athletic trainers’ tent, then was taken in a golf cart to the door of the facility when practice ended and was unavailable for comment.

“You never know with ankles, but hopefully he’s going to be all right here in a day or two,” Shanahan said, adding that Chester will not undergo an MRI. “You’re just hoping that it’s mild and it’s not too serious.”

Chester’s injury is the third sustained by the offensive line in the last two weeks. Starting right tackle Jammal Brown irritated his sore hip while running the night before training camp began and has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list, while left guard Kory Lichtensteiger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last Monday and will miss at least two more weeks.

Adam Gettis, the Redskins’ fifth-round draft pick in April, replaced Chester. He had been working nearly exclusively as Chester’s backup through training camp, save a play or two on the first line. The Redskins could begin their first preseason game with Trent Williams, Maurice Hurt, Will Montgomery, Gettis and Tyler Polumbus protecting Robert Griffin III.

Chester, who was the only starting offensive lineman to start and play all 16 games last season at the same position, said earlier Monday that the injuries to the line are “part of the game.”

“Guys get hurt, but it’s the nature of the beast,” Chester said after the morning walkthrough. “That being said, guys have stepped in and they’re ready to go, and we all know that we’re one play away. Guys have really embraced that.”