By Tarik El-Bashir
Redskins guard Kory Lichtensteiger had a second surgical procedure performed on his right knee Monday and could miss the remainder of the preseason, Coach Mike Shanahan said.
Shanahan also revealed that reserve linebacker Jonathan Goff reinjured the surgically repaired ACL in his right knee and will miss a second consecutive season.
Goff has been released; the team replaced him on the roster by signing journeyman tackle Jordan Black.
Lichtensteiger’s injury -- he had his knee scoped to remove loose particles -- leaves a thin Redskins’ offensive line even thinner. The unit is already without tackle Jammal Brown, who is on the physically unable to perform list due to a problematic hip. Brown is scheduled to be examined by his personal doctor Tuesday in New York.
“We just thought it would be smart to go in and clear those particles out of the cartilage rather than wait a week or two to see if it improved,” Shanahan said of Lichtensteiger. “The good part about it is the ACL is fine, the MCL is fine. …I’ve waited too many times for a week to two weeks, then all of a sudden you go in there and the guy can’t play. So why not do it right now, make sure it’s okay?
Shanahan said it’s possible Lichtensteiger could return for the third preseason game but insisted that he won’t be rushed.
As for Goff, Shanahan expressed sympathy for a player who worked so hard to return from the blown ACL he suffered as a member of the Giants last season – and now has to do it all over again.
“It’s really a shame,” Shanahan said. “He worked so hard to make this football team. I was really pulling for him.”