Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger missed Wednesday’s practice with a sprained left ankle, but remained hopeful that he could play Sunday when the Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Lichtensteiger left last Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys early in the third quarter, and was replaced by rookie Josh LeRibeus. Lichtensteiger briefly returned, but was unable to finish the game.
“It was encouraging for me to at least be able to go out there and do something, and not just go to the locker room and call it a day,” said Lichtensteiger, who started all 16 regular season games after tearing his MCL and ACL in his right knee in the fifth game of the 2011 campaign.
Lichtensteiger said he was obviously relieved not to have suffered an injury that required surgery to correct, but admitted that he doesn’t yet know what his chances are for playing Sunday.
“I’m thankful that I got 16 good weeks of play in coming off of the knee,” Lichtensteiger, whom Shanahan has described as one of the team’s top run-blockers. “And [I’m] just thankful to be a part of a season that’s turned out like this, and hopefully I can play on Sunday, and get another win. [Being in the playoffs] I’m going to try that much harder, but I just don’t know. But hopefully I can play.”
Inside linebacker London Fletcher also sat out practice on Wednesday while nursing the lingering ankle injury that has hobbled him much of the season, forcing him out of many practices. Fletcher, however, hasn’t missed a game.
Backup cornerback D.J. Johnson missed practice as well while nursing a sprained knee. And backup quarterback Kirk Cousins missed practice with the flu.
Meanwhile, backup safety DeJon Gomes, who missed last week’s game with a sprained MCL, practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.