At one point during training camp, Griffin lined up behind a line that featured only one projected starter: Montgomery. Once the season began, however, all but Brown made it back into the lineup.
The Redskins have one of the NFL’s best offenses this season. They are fourth in total yards, first in rushing and fifth in points. The line has led rookie running back Alfred Morris to 1,322 yards rushing — third-most in the NFL — and helped him set franchise rookie rushing records. Even without the second running threat offered by Griffin on Sunday, the line fared well against Cleveland. After struggling early, the unit regrouped and played better from the final possession of the first quarter to the end of the game.
Williams has played through knee, ankle and thigh injuries and has remained effective. Until now, however, the rest of his linemates had avoided serious injuries.
The Redskins won’t know until later this week just how battered the unit will be Sunday.
But Lichtensteiger, who had spoken to both Montgomery and Polumbus, said he is optimistic that disaster can be averted.
“I don’t think we’re necessarily going to have to shuffle everything around,” he said. “I don’t know how serious everything is, but when I left the bus, on my way home, I felt like everybody was pretty confident that they could give it a shot this week.”
Even if Montgomery and Polumbus can’t play, Lichtensteiger said he shares Shanahan’s optimism about the team’s overall depth.
“It’s not like these combinations of people have never played together,” he said. “We do get practice reps together. Those second-team guys cycle in to give guys breathers. Everybody does a pretty good job in practice, and I think we all know what we’re doing. They have the timing down of our offense pretty well. I’m not too worried about the scenario, whoever is in there.”