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Due at least in part to the fact the Redskins were docked $18 million from this year's cap for front-loading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season, the team didn't spend any money in the offseason to improve a lackluster offensive line.
Now, Mike Shanahan has yet to reveal to me whether they would've used that extra cash to bolster the line, and they've been inexplicably loyal to this group ever since the beginning of the Shanahan era.
But you'd have to believe that a team that gave up that many hits on the quarterback last year would've invested at least some of that money in the line this offseason.
Now right tackle Jammal Brown is out indefinitely with not one, but two injured hips, while left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is once again having knee trouble. Lichtensteiger missed the last 11 games last year for the same reason, so there's a good chance the issue lingers.
There's really no one of quality behind Brown, but he's played so poorly the last two seasons that it's hard to downgrade. Still, a team coming off a 5-11 season has to look to get better at their weakest spots, not just slap Band-aids over them.
The line took a serious hit when Lichtensteiger went down last year, and it showed in the win column. They were 3-1 in games he played fully and 2-10 in the rest of 'em.
If he's forced to miss time, that puts a lot of pressure on rookies Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis, as well as fellow youngster Maurice Hurt.
On the bright side, it appears as though Gettis is off to an especially good start to camp.