Right tackle Jammal Brown will not have surgery on either of his ailing hips, but he is out indefinitely as he tries to overcome the pain that has sidelined him for the first six practices of training camp, coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday evening.
Brown on Wednesday was in New York to visit a doctor, who determined he does not need surgery. He recommended anti-inflammatories and rehabilitation, leaving Brown’s return to football open-ended.
“I can’t tell you if he’s going to be healthy or not until he comes back here and he gets the anti-inflammatories and we see how it reacts going through the workout,” Shanahan said. “If he’s able to go and we feel like there’s a good chance he can stay injury-free, he’ll be on our football team. If not, obviously he can’t.”
Brown, 31, made two Pro Bowls as a left tackle for New Orleans before missing the 2009 season to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He started 26 games for the Redskins over the last two seasons, but his mobility still was affected by the hip.
Shanahan on the final day of the last season in January told him he had to get healthy and play better in order to remain on the team.
Brown took yoga classes and did pilates in the offseason to improve his range of motion and mobility. Brown and the team believed those measures produced positive results, but he suffered a setback during the team’s conditioning run on July 25.
He will remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list while he rehabilitates at Redskins Park, Shanahan said. There is no timetable for his return.
“I don’t think anybody knows until you put him through the conditioning drills, treatment, give him a workout and see how he reacts the next day,” Shanahan said. “Can he practice pain free? We’re not going to activate him to our normal roster and take him off PUP until he’s ready to go.”
“It’s always going to hurt, we got a Pro Bowler that’s absent,” Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said. “We really need him. But injuries happen, man, and we just pray he has a speedy recovery.”
Tyler Polumbus, a four-year veteran, has been practicing with the first string in place of Brown. He started three games at right tackle for Washington last season.
“He’s a veteran; he’s been around the league for a while,” Williams said. “That alone tells you that he can play. No one sticks around if they can’t play. He can play and he’s more than capable of doing his job.”