Guard Kory Lichtensteiger said he thinks he is close to being able to practice fully as he eyes a potential return to the Washington Redskins’ lineup in time for the Sept. 9 regular season opener at New Orleans.

Lichtensteiger, the team’s starter at left guard, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and has been sidelined since early in training camp. He said he has been doing some practice field work in individual drills and believes he isn’t too far away from being ready to participate in full team drills.

“I’m not there,” Lichtensteiger said. “I’m close. It’s so hard to say. I don’t think I could go out and do a full practice today. But that doesn’t mean [he couldn’t practice fully] next Monday.”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has said he doesn’t expect Lichtensteiger to play at all during the preseason but is hopeful that Lichtensteiger will be ready for the opener.

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