Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger expects to recover from arthroscopic left knee surgery in time to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 9, but his confidence in his knee is a bit shaken after he injured it during practice on July 27.
Lichtensteiger last fall had surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and medial and lateral meniscus. He was cleared to fully participate during training camp, but he suffered a setback when he hyperextended his knee on the second day of camp.
“I definitely was healthy, so it doesn’t make me feel good [about the knee] at all,” Lichtensteiger said Monday. “I’m encouraged by the fact that it was a minor thing. The prognosis is good. They expect me to be back out. That’s the encouraging thing for me.”
Lichtensteiger hyperextended his knee on the final play of practice on July 27, he said. He hoped to make it through Saturday’s practice so he could rest it during the Sunday off-day, but he pulled himself out of Saturday’s walkthrough because it became too sore.
He left open the possibility of playing during the preseason, but his main target is the season-opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9.
“I feel OK,” he said. “I’m a week out [from surgery] now. It feels better than any other surgery I’ve ever had. I guess that means it’s nice and minor. I feel like everything is going good.”
Second-year lineman Maurice Hurt has replaced Lichtensteiger with the first string.