Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Redskins Lose LB Goff, OG Lichtensteiger

The Redskins suffered to setbacks yesterday. Linebacker Jonathon Goff tore his ACL so he will undergo season ending knee surgery. Offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger had arthroscopic knee surgery done to clear particles out of his knee.

For Goff, this will be the second straight season that he will miss due to a torn ACL. Lichtensteiger is expected to return by the season opener.

Two other Redskins that got injured yesterday: fullback Darrel Young strained his hamstring and left tackle Willie Smith twisted his knee.

The Redskins have now seen three of last years starters, and this years projected starters, on the offensive line go down with injuries this preseason. Tackle Jammal Brown, guard Kory Lichtensteiger, and tackle Willie Smith will all be missing time for one reason or another.

To fill the empty camp roster position left by Goff, the Redskins signed the nine year veteran and former Saints and Jaguars offensive tackle Jordan Black. In 2010 for the Jaguars, he played in 15 games and started nine of them. He was cut in the third week of preseason by the Saints in 2011.

Over his nine year career, Black has played for three teams (Saints, Chiefs, Jaguars). He was a fifth round draft pick of the Chiefs in the 2003 draft and started 15 games for them in 2006. He has played in a total of 80 games including 40 starts.

Losing Goff isn't going to effect the defense that much. They played without him last season, they'll play without him this season.

Losing another offensive lineman is a different story. Those guys all need to play together in order to form a bond and become one unit. We saw the same problem last season. Early on, guys got banged up and it took a really long time for the Redskins front five to come together. We're looking at the same problem this preseason. The Redskins need all of the offensive lineman healthy and participating or the offensive will suffer like last season.

For now, Maurice Hurt will move over and split time with Josh LeRibeus at left guard. Black and Tyler Polumbus will share the reps at at right tackle will Jammal Brown is out.

Hopefully, the injury bug will leave Redskins camp soon. A number of key players are going down due to injury and the Redskins can't afford to lose anyone else.

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Source: Washington Post