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Injured Offensive Linemen Progress At Practice, But Status Remains Unclear

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Another day offered another step in progress for the offensive line, with Trent Williams, Maurice Hurt and Chris Chester all working their way back to full repetitions.

The Washington Redskins’ left tackle, backup left guard and right guard, respectively, all participated in team drills for the majority of the afternoon, though head coach Mike Shanahan said their chances of playing in the next preseason game at Chicago on Saturday are still uncertain.

“They’re going to have to improve by [today],” Shanahan said. “They got some good reps, but they’re in by no means close to 100 percent. I’m hoping in the next 48 hours, we know more.”

Williams sustained a bone bruise in his left foot in the preseason opener at Buffalo on Thursday and has gradually made his way back to full strength. He left halfway through Tuesday’s practice with soreness, but he and Hurt, limited by tendonitis in his left knee, took only the last 15 minutes off Wednesday.

Chester, who sprained an ankle at practice over a week ago, was alternating with Thursday’s starter Adam Gettis for the first time since originally sustaining the injury.

“I mean, I felt really good about today,” Chester said. “Today was a real good day of work – we got to get in some real situations where we got to move around and change direction, and I feel pretty good.”

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