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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jordan Black
Will Montgomery practiced Wednesday through a sprained right knee. But that didn't mean the Washington Redskins' starting center's knee injury was minor.
Before Kory Lichtensteiger answered the question Monday afternoon, he wanted to find some wood on which to knock. Two victories from a division title is no time for a jinx.
Entering this season, the Redskins' offensive line wasn't known for performing in beautiful harmony with precise choreography like "The Five Heartbeats."
Many around the NFL have criticized Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for breaking commonly accepted football etiquette and having his team crash the opposition's victory formation. That includes several Washington Redskins players, who more than anything else said they don't get why Schiano and the Bucs would endanger opponents in such a way.
No matter what your record is, one subject Wednesday around the NFL caused plenty of smiles: the return of the regular officials after three regular-season weeks using replacements.
Every September, after the Turk has made his final rounds, Mike Shanahan stands before the media jackals and insists his latest Washington Redskins team is the deepest he's ever had here.
It took three quarters Sunday for the Washington Redskins' offense to move the ball effectively without Trent Williams. The left tackle's injury looked bad as his right knee gave out on him early and later when he returned, and he essentially was blocking on one leg.
Mike Shanahan watched the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline empty onto the field, but he knew the game wasn't over. With seven seconds left after Robert Griffin III spiked the ball, a false-start penalty on Fred Davis was all it took for havoc to erupt.
Trent Williams walked gingerly onto the field in the second quarter and clearly wasn't himself. The Washington Redskins' starting left tackle suffered a right knee injury on just the second offensive play from scrimmage Sunday and missed most of the first half.
The left tackle that practiced with the Washington Redskins' first-string offense on Saturday afternoon was planning for his retirement two weeks ago. The left guard was a rookie. So was the right guard. And he practiced next to a right tackle who played with the second string all offseason.
The look and feel of the Washington Redskins' offense with Robert Griffin III quarterbacking is beginning to crystallize after five days of practice, each of which included many 11-on-11 team drills,
Black said the league was aware of medication he was prescribed.
"That's just a situation where, if you don't tell the offensive linemen that you're going to do that, you literally are putting them in a situation to hurt somebody," Black said.