Arie Kouandjio got his first career start last Sunday against the Browns. Despite a few missteps, the results were generally encouraging for the young left guard, though it's unlikely he will keep the job when veteran Shawn Lauvao can return from an ankle injury. It sounds like that could be this week against Baltimore.
"That's the plan," Lauvao said Wednesday when asked about rejoining the starting offensive line against the Ravens.
Lauvao said he feels good and his ankle is recuperating well. The seven-year vet explained that he is "just kind of following the protocol from the training staff. They've done a good job of putting a plan together."
Washington coach Jay Gruden said that Lauvao was back at practice on Wednesday, albeit in a limited role. Seen in the locker room after Wednesday's session, Lauvao moved fine and didn't seem to have additional wraps or braces on his ankle.
Without Lauvao in the lineup against Cleveland, Kouandjio "played well" according to Gruden.
"I loved it, was proud of him," Lauvao said of second-year man Kouandjio. "The biggest thing with the older guys we try to make sure everybody is on point."
Oddly, the Redskins have had their best running success this season without Lauvao on the field. In the second half of the Giants and Browns game the 'Skins committed to getting Matt Jones carries, something that should only improve with the starting left guard back in action.
"When it's four-minute drill, you like to run the ball," he said. "Matt's been doing a good job."
While Kouandjio started Week 4, when Lauvao got injured in Week 3, it forced four-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams to slide from tackle to guard. Williams did not love playing inside but Lauvao spoke highly of the level of play.
"That's how it goes, bullets are flying, you got to make it happen. Trent did his thing."
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