By Tarik El-Bashir
Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is recovering nicely from a second surgical procedure on his right knee and remains on target to play in the regular season opener in New Orleans next month, Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday.
“He will be back,” Shanahan said. “His rehab has been going good and he has made some progress. Hopefully in a week or so he can start practicing.”
That, obviously, is welcome news for the Redskins’ injury-depleted offensive line.
“It feels good right now,” Lichtensteiger said Monday. “But there’s a little ways to go yet.”
Lichtensteiger tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus last October against the Eagles and missed the remainder of the season. Then, on the second day of training camp, the 27-year-old tweaked the same knee during drills.
“I was hoping it was nothing but the doc checked it out and thought I needed an MRI,” he said. “From there, he wanted to clean it out.”
Lichtensteiger said the doctor presented him with a number of options. He chose to take care of the problem immediately.
“He kind of put it into percentages for me,” Lichtensteiger said, referring to the doctor. “There was a lot lower percentage of making it through the year incident-free without having it scoped and cleaned out.”
“So,” he added. “I kind of took the smarter mathematical choice and got it cleaned out.”
Lichtensteiger said all he’ll need is a handful of full practices to get ready for the Saints.
“It’s not ideal by any means,” he said. “I’m just hoping to get back and get some good, hard practices before I get thrown into a game situation. If I can do that, I think I’ll be all right.”