Other than being a little sore, Kory Lichtensteiger’s surgically-repaired right knee responded well Monday, the day after the Redskins guard’s first game in more than 10 months. While Lichtensteiger said Wednesday he was thankful for that, it was not the most satisfying feeling in the aftermath of his team’s 40-32 season-opening win at New Orleans.
The Redskins rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was sacked just once. For the first time in a long while, Lichtensteiger contributed to all of that in an effort that produced a victory.
“It was very rewarding for me to be out there and feel like I helped the team,” Lichtensteiger said. “Not saying we couldn’t have gotten it done out there without me, but it always feels good to be a part of a win.”
Lichtensteiger tore ligaments in his right knee Oct. 16, 2011 against Philadelphia and missed the rest of that season. Sunday marked the first time he had played in a game since suffering the injury, and he said “a little doubt” crept into his mind before the contest about how smoothly he could fit back into the offensive line.
A few bad habits involving hand placement and finishing blocks that Lichtensteiger, a fifth-year veteran, had shed resurfaced Sunday, he said. But on the whole, he felt he turned in a sufficient performance.
As the game progressed, Lichtensteiger said, his right knee began “barking” at him at times, but after spending some time in an ice bath Monday and having Tuesday off, he said the knee felt fine Wednesday.
“It was great to be out there again,” Lichtensteiger said. “I came out healthy, so I’ve got nothing to complain about. It probably wasn’t my best game of all time, but I did well enough and we won. It feels good.”