ASHBURN, Va. -- 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 (PUP) list to the reserve physically unable to perform list, which means he can't play in the first six games of the NFL season.
Brown was limited by his ailing hip in 2010 and missed the final four games of last season when it flared up again. He then re-injured his hip while running sprints on the eve of this season'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."
"He's done a very good job," Shanahan said.
The offensive line remains the major question mark for the Redskins, 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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