The Redskins are in a wait-and-see mode with veterans Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger, meaning the team could turn to two young backups for action against the Jets.
We're still three days away from the Washington Redskins' Week 6 game against the New York Jets, but there's some concern as to whether or not the team will be without their two most veteran offensive linemen.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on Wednesday said that both left tackle Trent Williams (neck) and center Kory Lichtensteiger (neck/shoulder) did not participate in practice.
While they weren't able to handle the physical side of preparation, they are still handling business as usual in meetings.
"They are able to participate in the walkthrough, so they're getting a lot of the mental reps and they're in the meetings and all that stuff," Gruden said. "Obviously, you'd like to get them reps out here, but if you're going to be able to get away with not practicing during a week it'd those two guys. We want to make sure they're 100 percent. They're feeling good about their strength, their mobility and all that stuff for them to play. We'll just have to wait and see. They're both obviously dealing with some issues and we've got to make sure they're taken care of before they step it up."
If neither Williams, a three-time Pro Bowler, or Lichtensteiger, who has started 52 straight games, can play Sunday vs. the Jets, the Redskins have Ty Nsekhe and Josh LeRibeus on standby.
Nsekhe was a surprising 53-man roster addition this season, as he was catching passes in the Arena Football League just four years ago.
He got reps in each of the Redskins' four preseason games, but has seen limited action during the regular season.
So how does he prepare for a situation like this, one that could potentially have him tasked with slowing down one of the NFL's best defenses?
"I take every practice like every rep I take, like I'm playing on Sunday," Nsekhe said. "So it's nothing new to me. I try to go hard every play in practice. I take it like that."
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Nsekhe said the coaching staff has been instrumental in his growth, working with him on things like hand placement, which he admitted was "a little awkward."
"Joe Kim, Coach [Bill] Callahan, you know a lot of the coaches around have helped tremendously," he said. "[Callahan's] real detailed in all of his coaching points. So, you know, he'll express what he wants us to do, then he'll break it down step-by-step how to do it."
For LeRibeus, if he is asked to be the starting center this Sunday, it would be just his second career start and first from the center position.
Drafted in 2012, LeRibeus was exclusively a guard during his first three seasons, but Callahan has liked his ability as a center, and began giving him reps at the position during this offseason.
"It just feels really good kind of getting in practice and really just getting reps with Kirk," LeRibeus said. "That's been the big thing. It's been with Colt [McCoy] for the past month and half, and it just feels good to get with Kirk."
LeRibeus said he's been staying after practice every day with assistant offensive line coach Shane Day, getting extra work in in case his number is called on Sunday.
"I want to be a perfectionist," LeRibeus said. "I want to [get it] down every single time. I mess up one at practice; I'll spend ten minutes after practice, that kind of thing."