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Redskins Changing Of The Guard

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 12:04 pm

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Lost amid the quarterback drama in Washington this week, has been the fact that the offensive line is about to look very different.  When the dust settles, it’s possible that four of the positions will feature new faces; five if you include tight end.

Is it the bye week yet?

The most unfortunate part is that left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, lost for the year, was playing at a very high level so far this season.  After joining the Redskins prior to last season, he was finally settling into a system that highlighted his strengths.  For now, his ascension has been put on hold.

His fellow offensive linemen were very empathetic to his struggles, but knew that they had to soldier on:

Oddly enough, it may be a defensive lineman that best understands what Lichtensteiger is going through.

Rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was one of the fastest rising stars this preseason, before a torn ACL ended his season before it began.  Aggressively working his way back after surgery, Jenkins is already walking around without a limp, and said that he hopes to start running again soon.

Jenkins credits his timetable of being “most definitely ahead of schedule,” to his motivated mindset.  This is something that he imparted on Lichtensteiger earlier this week.

“I wanted to let him know, don’t get discouraged–keep your head up,” Jenkins said.  “That stuff really hurts, and a whole lot of stuff can go through your mind.  You start thinking about how bad it’s gonna be when they tell you what actually happened, and how you’re gonna react to it.  Then you’re thinking about not playing, it makes it all harder.”

“The worst part is when he goes through the surgery,” he said.  “He really needs to keep his mental mindset straight.  He’s gonna lose sleep, but he’s gotta stick with it.”

“Stay prayed up.”

Lichtensteiger has both a torn ACL and MCL, which makes his injury more severe, but Jenkins was confident that he has the right mindset to overcome it.

“He was like, ‘Well, it happened.  Not much I can do about it now,'” Jenkins said.  “He’s basically already got the good mindset of what he has to do.  He’s not really down about it.  He said, ‘I’m down, I’m hurt, but I gotta get better.  I just have to rehab and get back.'”

This is good to hear, considering the value and stability that Lichtensteiger had brought to the position.  With any luck, he’ll be ready to suit up for the Redskins in 2012.

The Redskins have promoted seventh round draft pick Maurice Hurt to the 53-man roster to take Lichtensteiger’s place, and have signed guard John Malecki to the practice squad.

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