Injuries to the Redskins offensive line have made the move to activate Kory Lichtensteiger necessary going into Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Lichtensteiger returned to practice for the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, after spending the last 10 weeks on injured reserve for a calf injury. John Sullivan was signed the same day Licht went on IR, and he will be starting tomorrow for an injured Spencer Long(concussion).
The Redskins will likely also be missing their starting LG Shawn Lauvao(groin) and backup tackle Ty Nsekhe(ankle). This will leave Arie Kouandjio starting at LG, and Vinston Painter as the swing tackle. Depth will be an issue if any more injuries happen.
This is the 2nd year in a row that the Redskins have brought Lichtensteiger back from IR late in the season. Last year he was placed on IR November 10th, and was brought back for the team’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. He was replaced at center with converted guard Josh LeRibeus after his injury, and many people questioned the decision to break the continuity of the offensive line that late in the year. This time around Lichtensteiger won’t be handed his starting job back, and will be used as depth...for now.
To make room on the roster for Lichtensteiger, the Redskins have waived DL A.J. Francis. Francis was signed to the team’s practice squad in October, and to the active roster on 11/29.