With starting left tackle Trent Williams almost certainly out with a high ankle sprain and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger lost for the year with torn knee ligaments, the Redskins will start a significantly shuffled offensive line in Sunday’s game at Carolina. But don’t expect right tackle Jammal Brown – a former Pro Bowler as a left tackle in New Orleans – to switch to the left side to replace Williams.
Brown said Monday morning that he hasn’t taken any practice snaps on the left side all season, and that Sean Locklear – who came in when Williams went down with an injury to his right ankle in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia – seems like a logical bet to stay on the left side.
“Sean’s been practicing there, so I’m sure they feel good about him there,” Brown said. “He takes the reps there during practice. We’ll just see. I think he did a fairly good job in the game, so we’ll just see from there.”
During 2010, when Williams missed three starts because of injuries, Brown said he would rather play on the left side. His stance was considerably softer Monday.
“I’ll do whatever the team asks me to do,” Brown said. “Like I said, I’m probably a little bit behind on it because Sean’s been practicing there, but if that’s how it shuffled out, it’s not like I ain’t never done it before.”
On Sunday, the Redskins line morphed into Locklear, an eight-year veteran signed prior to the season, at left tackle; Will Montgomery, the starting center, replacing Lichtensteiger at left guard; Erik Cook, a seventh-round pick in 2010 who spent much of last year on the practice squad, at center; Chris Chester at right guard and Brown at right tackle. That could be the group that faces Carolina Sunday.
“We’re just going to work on that this week and get all of our fits and everything down together,” Montgomery said. “I think we’re more than capable of getting the job done. We just have to go out and do it.”
Montgomery started six games at guard last year before moving to center in 2011 to replace veteran Casey Rabach, who was cut. Because the Redskins prefer Cook at center than at guard, Montgomery will almost certainly make the switch back to his old spot.
“At guard, you’re in a lot more space,” he said. “At center, you’re kind of playing in the phone booth. At guard, … the guy has about three steps to do his move or whatever. … I was comfortable at center. I think I’m more than capable of playing guard. I thought I played really well the last seven games of last year. So now I’ve just got to get back in that frame of mind and go from there.”