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Mike Shanahan Pleased With Effort By Josh LeRibeus In Replacement Role
ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan was pleased with the performance by Josh LeRibeus, who played 21 plays at left guard in place of an injured Kory Lichtensteiger during the second half of the Washington Redskins’ 28-18 victory over Dallas on Sunday.
Lichtensteiger left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle but later returned and said his availability for the upcoming playoff game against Seattle would be determined during the week.
The Dallas game marked the first time LeRibeus played on offense all season. The 6-foot-2, 315-pounder, a third-round draft pick out of SMU, was active for four previous games but played only on special teams.
“He’s a guy that I had no reservations putting in once Kory looked like he was a little hobbled,” Shanahan, the head coach, said. “He was trying to play with that sprained ankle but you could see he just could not get it done. When we did put him in, we had no reservations – and rightfully so. He played well.”
Maurice Hurt replaced Lichtensteiger at left guard for eight starts last season and for the final six plays of the Redskins’ victory at Cleveland on Dec. 16 when Lichtensteiger moved to center to fill in for an injured Will Montgomery.
LeRibeus was the choice on Sunday, however, because Hurt started at right tackle for Tyler Polumbus in Washington’s victory at Dec. 23 at Philadelphia and was still getting work at the position during the week if Polumbus could not return from symptoms related to a concussion.