The Redskins will have their starting left guard ready to go from the start of training camp.Kory Lichtensteiger will be 100-percent recovered and ready to participate fully in drills, when practice starts on July 26, his agent said Friday.Lichtensteiger missed last seasons final 11 games after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee against the Eagles in October. At the time, the 27-year-old was enjoying his best season as a professional.Like many other Redskins recovering from injuries, Lichtensteiger was held out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills during minicamp last month at Redskins Park. Coach Mike Shanahan said the decision was made for precautionary reasons.Hes ready to go, agent Rick Smith said by telephone. Thats what were expecting.The return of Lichtensteiger means that the Redskins are likely to start the same five players along the offensive line as they did in the first five weeks of 2011. The Redskins were 3-1 and had given up just seven sacks before Lichtensteiger went out in the first quarter of the fifth game of the season against Philadelphia.The interior offensive line never was quite right after Lichtensteiger went out. At first they moved starting center Will Montgomery over to left guard and inserted Erik Cook at center. That group gave up an embarrassing total of 10 sacks against the Bills in Week 8.
Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.
A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.
Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.
The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.
There are no big surprises on the Redskins’ inactive list Monday before the Eagles matchup:
- CB Josh Norman
- OL Tyler Catalina
- OL Ty Nsekhe
- DL A.J. Francis
- TE Jeremy Sprinkle
- OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons
- S Deshazor Everett
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the 49ers, is active. With Norman out, that is very good news for the Redskins’ chances.
Norman was declared out on the final injury report. He reportedly wanted to play with a broken rib that he sustained on October 3 against the Chiefs. But the medical staff would not clear him to play and Norman will miss his second consecutive game. Quinton Dunbar will start in his place.
Reserve offensive linemen Catalina (concussion) and Nsekhe (core muscle) also were declared out on Saturday.
Starting RB Rob Kelley returns after missing the 49ers game with an ankle injury.