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Injured Kory Lichtensteiger Still Hopeful For Preseason Return

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Washington Redskins left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said Monday that he aggravated the knee on the second day of training camp, requiring the procedure.


Lichtensteiger, projected to return as the Redskins’ starting left guard, tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in the knee in a game against Philadelphia last October. He was kept out of offseason workouts and returned to the field with his teammates when training camp opened July 26, but said he “tweaked” the knee at practice a day later.

“I was hoping it was nothing, but the doc kind of checked it out and thought I needed an MRI on it, and then from there, they wanted to clean it out,” Lichtensteiger said.

“I mean, there was some options. It was kind of put into percentages for me, and it was a lot lower percentage of me making it through the year incident-free without having it scoped and cleaned out, so I kind of took the smart mathematical choice and got it cleaned out.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan initially said Lichtensteiger would likely miss all of the preseason, though there was a small chance he could return by the third preseason game – and the first at home – against Indianapolis on Aug. 25.

If that’s not possible, Lichtensteiger said Monday, he’ll do his best to play in his first game in almost 10 months when the Redskins head to New Orleans for the season opener on Sept. 9.

“It’s not ideal by any means,” Lichtensteiger said. “I mean, I’m just hoping to get back and get in some good, hard practices before I get thrown into a game-type situation, so if I can do that, I think I’ll be all right.”