Josh LeRibeus prepares to sub for Kory Lichtensteiger

Rookie guard Josh LeRibeus (67) did well in his most extensive action of the season Sunday. (Cliff Owens/Associated Press) Rookie guard Josh LeRibeus (67) did well in his most extensive action of the season Sunday. (Cliff Owens/Associated Press)

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who started all 16 regular season games but suffered a sprained ankle in the NFC East-clinching win over Dallas, will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s playoff game against Seattle.

Lichtensteiger, who did not practice all week, said Friday: “My gut tells me I’m gonna play on Sunday.”

That said, the veteran still feels pain in the left ankle he hurt against Dallas.

“You can’t rule out anything at this point,” Lichtensteiger said. “I think there’s maybe one other thing we’re going to try, and we’ll see how it feels. If I go out there and feel good Sunday pregame, I’ll go dress and put my clothes on.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said rookie Josh LeRibeus, a third-round pick from SMU, would start in Lichtensteiger’s place if the veteran can’t go.

“It’ll be exciting,” LeRibeus said. “There’ll be a few nerves in there. But after you get the first couple plays, your jitters go and you’re just ready for it. To be honest, it’s actually with him out, I’ve been able to take more reps in practice, and I’m still taking all the normal scout team reps. I’ve been happy. Now, the conditioning’s going up, and I’m even more pumped for Sunday.”

LeRibeus, who filled in for Lichtensteiger against Dallas, said he is using his extra practice time to his advantage.

“A lot more work in the playbook,” LeRibeus said, “just getting everything down, not asking questions as much. As far as that’s come, it’s come a long way.”

Safety DeJon Gomes, who has been battling an injured knee, practiced Friday and will be listed as questionable for the game. He sat out against Dallas.

 

Barry Svrluga is the national baseball writer for The Washington Post.

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