Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is recovering nicely from a second surgical procedure on his right knee and remains on target to play in the regular season opener in New Orleans next month, Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday.He will be back, Shanahan said. His rehab has been going good and he has made some progress. Hopefully in a week or so he can start practicing.That, obviously, is welcome news for the Redskins injury-depleted offensive line.It feels good right now, Lichtensteiger said Monday. But theres a little ways to go yet.Lichtensteiger tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus last October against the Eagles and missed the remainder of the season. Then, on the second day of training camp, the 27-year-old tweaked the same knee during drills.I was hoping it was nothing but the doc checked it out and thought I needed an MRI, he said. From there, he wanted to clean it out.Lichtensteiger said the doctor presented him with a number of options. He chose to take care of the problem immediately.He kind of put it into percentages for me, Lichtensteiger said, referring to the doctor. There was a lot lower percentage of making it through the year incident-free without having it scoped and cleaned out.So, he added. I kind of took the smarter mathematical choice and got it cleaned out.Lichtensteiger said all hell need is a handful of full practices to get ready for the Saints.Its not ideal by any means, he said. Im just hoping to get back and get some good, hard practices before I get thrown into a game situation. If I can do that, I think Ill be all right.
Kirk Cousins got mic'd up during the Redskins win over the 49ers last Sunday, and well, it confirmed a few things Washington fans already knew about their quarterback.
For starters, Cousins is a nice guy. A real nice guy.
On one play, Cousins completes a pass downfield while facing a bit of pressure. As soon as he throws the ball, he starts shouting to his offensive line, "Good pocket! Great pocket!"
He keeps going, "Hey that was you guys. I took forever, I took forever. Hey nice job."
NFL quarterbacks like to thank their offensive lines, but not always immediately, even while the play is going on. Kirk is a nice guy.
Some other things learned from the mic'd up session:
- Josh Doctson has a nickname. It's "Papa Doc." No idea if that's an 8 Mile reference.
- Trent Williams believes Kirk Cousins' shoulder is worth $200 million. And he might be right.
- Kirk Cousins wants to stay aggresive. He laid it out to QB coach Kevin O'Connell. Cousins explained during the Redskins early lead:
"Sometimes I get in a weird place, you get a lead like this. Where you start playing conservative, not to lose. It’s smart to do that but it also kinda hinders your ability to just go play."
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The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.
On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.
Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.
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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.
Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.
LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.
Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.
On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.
Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.