Robert Griffin III’s injured right knee is the biggest cause for concern with the Washington Redskins moving forward, even though their season ended with Sunday’s NFC wild card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
But there were a couple of other injuries of note for the Redskins.Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger had to leave early in the first quarter after aggravating his left ankle injury, and wide receiver Pierre Garcon came out briefly with a left shoulder injury.
Lichtensteiger sprained the ankle in the regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys and did not practice all week. He tried to test it before the game.
“I tried to simulate about everything that we do in our offense and it all felt good. I was pushing against big Doug Worthington and everything felt good,” Lichtensteiger said. “I guess you can’t really simulate game speed when somebody’s really coming into you. So I think that’s what it was. I just, I guess, overestimated how good it was feeling.”
Lichtensteiger pushed against Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch and knew he didn’t have it.
“Something kind of gave way. I didn’t have the stability, I guess. I didn’t think stability was going to be a problem,” he said. “But I didn’t have the strength in there that I thought I did.”
Garcon suffered the shoulder injury early as well, but he only missed a play. He finished as the Redskins’ leading receiver with four catches for 50 yards.
“I couldn’t go in to do much,” Garcon said. “So I guess I wasn’t healthy enough.”
Garcon battled a right foot injury for most of the season. But as for the shoulder, he did not express concern Sunday evening.
“It’ll be all right. It’ll be all right,” Garcon said. “It’ll be good to go.”