Redskins RT Brown has hip surgery, out 6 weeks

Washington Redskins right tackle Jammal Brown is recovering from

another hip surgery, ruling him out for the first six games of the

regular season.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Brown will need four to six

weeks to recover from the surgery, which Brown had late last week.

The Redskins moved the lineman from the active physically unable to

perform list to the reserve physically unable to perform list,

which means he can’t play in the first six weeks of the NFL

season.

Brown was a first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in

2005 and went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2008, but he missed the

2009 season after surgery on his left hip. The Saints then traded

him to Washington, where he has struggled to remain healthy.

Brown was limited by his ailing hip in 2010 and missed the last

four games of last season when it flared up again. He then

re-injured his hip while running sprints on the eve of this year’s

training camp. The latest surgery is again on his left hip, but his

right hip has also been sore.

”He’s saying right now that the surgery really helped him. He’s

feeling good,” Shanahan said. ”Realistically, from my

perspective, you never know. You’re always hoping that a guy’s

going to come back, but it’s been bothering him for a while.”

Brown’s injury makes Tyler Polumbus the probable starting right

tackle for the regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints

on Sept. 9. The six-year veteran started three games last season

and has held the spot throughout training camp and the

preseason.

”He’s done a very good job,” Shanahan said.

The offensive line remains the major question mark for the

Redskins (No. 32 in the AP Pro32), who have allowed 40-plus sacks

in each of the last three years. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger has

missed the entire preseason while recovering from left knee

surgery, but he has returned to practice and said he remains on

pace for the opener.

”I’m encouraged,” Lichtensteiger said. ”I don’t see anything

standing in the way of me being ready.”

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