Reporting Grant Paulsen
The Redskins starting offensive line has become something of a weekly game of musical chairs. Each week at practice a couple of new faces sit down in seats left unoccupied by an injured lineman who had previously started.
With left tackle Trent Williams having left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, his status for Sunday’s tilt in Seattle is up in the air. If he’s unable to play the Redskins will be using their sixth different combination of offensive linemen in seven weeks.
“I’ve never dealt with this, but it happens,” right tackle Jammal Brown said. Brown missed a game earlier in November with a groin pull and played through pain in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Brown is one of four original starters along the Redskins’ line who hasn’t started every game at the position where they began the season. Only right guard Chris Chester, signed as a free agent this offseason, has accomplished that feat.
“Some guys get called off the street, have to come in and play,” Brown said. “Those things happen. Guys just have to take advantage of this practice time.”
Brown’s comment could be taken as a figurative assessment of how bad things have gotten for Washington’s front. But the seventh-year tackle was being literal. Tyler Polumbus, a backup tackle signed off the free agent pile to provide depth, started a game for Washington less than two weeks after he was acquired. And he didn’t even start at his more-natural tackle position.
“It definitely affects us, as you can see,” Brown said, likely alluding to Washington’s offensive struggles and inept running game. “Polumbus did the best that he could do but him not being in this scheme and not having the reps, it hurt him a little bit. We’ve just got to go in there this week and try to get better, with whoever is out there at left tackle, whether it’s Willie Smith or Sean [Locklear].”
Brown, who issued a sack to all-pro pass rusher DeMarcus Ware in Sunday’s loss, estimated that he was playing at 70-percent health this past weekend.
“In situations like that, percentages don’t matter much. For football all you need to be is 30 or 40 percent. That’s the good thing about this sport, if you are hurt there’s certain things you can do. That’s what makes you a football player is being able to be out there and be tough.”