Kory Lichtensteiger could miss Redskins preseason after surgery

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins couldn't make it through four training camp practices without suffering major injuries.

Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove loose particles from his right knee and is expected to be out until the Sept. 9 opener at New Orleans.

Also, backup inside linebacker Jonathan Goff is out for the year after tearing his right ACL during practice July 28. Goff was sidelined for all of 2011 with the same injury while with the New York Giants.

"It was really a shame because he's come in here and worked so hard to make this football team," coach Mike Shanahan said. "I was really pulling for him. He's a class individual, a guy's guy, very intelligent, a very hard worker. He'll come back and fight and hopefully next year he'll be able to play."

Lichtensteiger missed the final 11 games of 2011 with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Shanahan said those ligaments are fine.

"Under normal circumstances, he might be able to come back (for) that third preseason game," said Shanahan. "He's been close to 100 percent even in OTA days. Hopefully he'll be ready for the first game."

Maurice Hurt, who started eight of the final nine games in Lichtensteiger's place last season, and third-round draft choice Josh LeRibeus, will split time at left guard in his absence during the preseason.

"You have to be very patient with Kory because you don't want to lose (him) for the season," Shanahan said. "Sometimes (injuries) happen at one position. That's why you need depth. We do have some."

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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