Three weeks after having second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said he remains on target to start in New Orleans.
“That’s how I feel, and that’s what I’m going to go with,” Lichtensteiger said Wednesday. “Unless something changes, I’m going to be ready for Week 1.”
Lichtensteiger returned to the practice field Monday, but has been limited to warmup and individual drills.
“I’m getting some contact in the individual [drills] but as far as doing live team reps, I’m not there yet,” he said. “But I think I’m close. …It feels good, but I’m hesitant to put a for-sure timetable on it right now.”
Lichtensteiger said it’s possible he could take a few snaps in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay, but at the very least, he would like to practice fully during the week leading up to the regular season opener at Superdome.
“I’ve just got to get ready,” he said. “At some point, I’ve got to take reps in practice and get the feel for how a game goes. Whenever I do that and feel comfortable with it, that’s when I’m sure they’ll put me in.”
So far this preseason, the Redskins’ offensive line has been ravaged by injuries. In addition to Lichtensteiger, the team has also been without Jammal Brown (hip) and Chris Chester (ankle). Only Brown, however, is expected to be sidelined long term.