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Kory Lichtensteiger ‘Thrilled’ To Return After Knee Injury
NEW ORLEANS – Kory Lichtensteiger played in his first game in nearly a year, returning to the Washington Redskins after sustaining a knee injury early last season in the team’s 40-32 season-opening victory over New Orleans.
Lichtensteiger, the Redskins’ left guard, tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee early in a loss to Philadelphia last October. He missed the rest of the season and was hoping to return in time for the start of training camp, but he aggravated the knee during the second day of practice and required arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose cartilage.
That led to Lichtensteiger missing all four of the Redskins’ preseason games.
“I’m just thrilled to make it through a game, and to play like we played – we had some bumpy parts in the game, but I mean, to get out of there with a win and to still be feeling good? I can’t ask for anything more now,” Lichtensteiger said. “I’m thrilled.”
Lichtensteiger was twice called for holding penalties, but otherwise had little problem fitting back onto the offensive line without much preseason preparation. Head coach Mike Shanahan suggested he’d ease Lichtensteiger in earlier in the week, but that didn’t happen.
The line didn’t allow a sack, and quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL game.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that he balled out today,” Lichtensteiger said. “It’s just awesome to have a guy like that back there who can make those plays. Some of those plays should have been nothing by all means, but it’s good to make something out of nothing.”