The Redskins have suffered a few setbacks this year, already—mostly on the offensive line. Down three starters for tomorrow's pre-season debut, the biggest test for Washington will be to protect Robert Griffin III in his first games as a pro and it won't be easy.
Jammal Brown was the first lineman down. He re-injured his hip right before the start of training camp—the same hip that cost him time in each of his two seasons with the team. Of the three linemen down, Brown's injury is the scariest and looks like it could plague the roster the longest.
Kory Lichtensteiger, coming back from an ACL tear is also down for the next few weeks and Chris Chester rounds out the group with a sprained ankle. Chester tweaked it in practice, Monday. He is expected to return soon, but Mike Shanahan said he'd be a long shot to play Thursday.
That means rookie's Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis will see extended time–including stints with the first team offense. This could still play out well for the Redskins. Here me out. How likely is it really, that the line can make it through the entire season without losing a guy here or there? It's unlikely, very unlikely! But both replacements will have some playing time with the starters after this. And hopefully, they gel together.
Success for them will be measured by improvement, not results early on. The opposite can be said for Tyler Polumbus, who is expected to play well in Brown's absence. Polumbus filled in for him last year as well and has the daunting task of facing some of the NFC East's best.
Luckily, Trent Williams has Robert Griffin III's blind side and reports out of camp have been glowing on his behalf. The Redskins will do their best to gel all these guys together. The bigger problem will come as the starters are been shuffled back in; consistency is key with offensive lines.
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