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Despite Sprained Ankle, Kory Lichtensteiger Wanted To Play Against Seattle

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – After sitting out of practice all last week with a sprained left ankle, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said he “probably shouldn’t have” tried to play in the Washington Redskins’ playoff loss to Seattle but his competitive spirit got the best of him.


Lichtensteiger was on the field for just seven plays before the pain in the ankle was too much to bear. He was replaced by rookie Josh LeRibeus, who entered the week before in Lichtensteiger’s place after he sustained the injury.

“I felt like I could give it a go with the proper medication and everything,” Lichtensteiger said. “I had it feeling right.”

The sprained ankle will not require surgery, Lichtensteiger said, though he has been told it will take roughly a month to heal properly.

An unrestricted free agent, Lichtensteiger started every game this season after he missed the final 11 in 2011 with multiple torn ligaments in his right knee.

He’s considered the Redskins’ best run blocker, with his athleticism making him a good fit in Washington’s zone-blocking scheme.

“At this point I’m going to be going into my sixth year,” Lichtensteiger said. “I’m not a young guy anymore, so you want to get something that can set you up pretty good for later in life, take care of your family. But at the same time, you want to be happy where you’re working, and I feel I’m definitely going to be the most happy working here and playing for Mike and [the] Redskins.”