Left guard Kory Lichensteiger and linebacker Jonathan Goff may not be the household names that Chris Cooley, Santana Moss and Robert Griffin III are, but may have a big impact on the Redskins this season.
The reason is, they are hurt. And hurt early in training camp.
Lichensteiger is, or rather was, the starting left guard, next to Trent Williams the starting left tackle, the side that is expected to protect the Redskins’ most valuable assest RG3.
Kory had arthroscopic surgery yesterday on his right knee and probably will miss the entire training camp and all of the preseason games. If he is lucky he will be back for the season opener September 9th in New Orleans against the Saints.
He will be replaced by another guy you have probably never heard of Maurice Hurt, who actually started half of last season on the offensive line when Lichtensteiger got hurt last year. Also this is a good chance for the coaches to check out a rookie, offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus from SMU who was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. His rookie contract is worth $3 million dollars so much is expected from him in the future. And the future may be now.
Goff, who played for the Giants last year, was hurt all last year and has injured the same right knee again. He is out for the season, and you wonder if he will ever play in the NFL again. The Redskins hope so, they like the guy.
Fullback Darrel Young hurt his hamstring yesterday, he thinks he will be OK, left tackle Willie Smith the backup left tackle twisted his knee and former Va. Tech wide receiver Josh Morgan had muscle cramps. None of these injuries seem to be particularly worrisome but with all of the optimism at Redskins training camp, injuries are already starting to become a story line.