Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery of the Washington Redskins broke a bone in his right hand during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. He is going to undergo surgery to shore up the bone and he will be sidelined for about 10 days.
As injuries requiring surgery go, this one seems to be pretty minor. DT's hands become banged up early in camp and they don't get better until sometime in March or April. A broken bone is more serious than a bruise or a cut, of course, but it's only a matter of degree.
Montgomery was something of an underachiever in college at Minnesota, not coming close to unlocking the potential that was within his 6-6, 315-lb. frame. He still played well enough to be drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round and to make the team.
Still, he was perceived as lazy until a light went on in between his rookie and second seasons. Montgomery worked on his conditioning and honed his technique and earned a starting job last year. It would behoove both the player and the Redskins if Montgomery were to continue along the same improvement path.
It's likely that Kedric Golston will fill in with the first team while Montgomery is out. In 2006 Golston got several starts as a rookie, but Montgomery beat him out of the first-string job in camp last year.
In the NFL, one man's pain is usually another man's gain. Montgomery's absence will give guys like Matthias Askew and Ryan Boschetti a few more reps to make their cases for either making the team or at least being at the top of the call list should an injury occur.
That's a spot that Boschetti has occupied on a few occasions. He has bounced off and on the roster since coming to the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2004.