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Washington's summer got off to a bad start when starting right tackle Jammal Brown re-injured his hip in training camp. Various other injuries ensued along the offensive line, but the panic seemed to subside when right guard Chris Chester and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger returned.
But not so fast. The Redskins announced this week that Brown underwent another hip surgery and will be laid up for at least the first six weeks of the regular season (h/t SI.com).
That means Washington has no choice but to continue with substitute Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, which in turn benefits the current backups at the position.
According to John Keim of CBSSports.com, "[T]here's a good chance the Redskins [will] only keep eight linemen," with a couple more on the practice squad.
A healthy Brown would have likely forced the release of Willie Smith or Tom Compton. But with Brown out, they're now in line to earn paychecks.
Smith should be the primary backup to Polumbus, while Maurice Hurt provides depth at guard and both tackle spots.
That should make Compton a happy guy, because he'll have time to prepare for next year on Washington's practice squad.
At 6'5" and 308 pounds, Compton may need to add some bulk, but he could have a future under Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who is often willing to be patient with draft picks who are agile. Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins would also be relieved, in case he has to move to another new apartment.
Compton was selected by Washington in the sixth round of April's draft, with the 197th overall pick.