Washington Redskins Could Be Without Kory Lichtensteiger, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Kory Lichtensteiger #78 of the Washington Redskins lines up against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The only truly significant injury that could have an impact on Sunday's wild-card game between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks is the one left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is dealing with. 

Lichtensteiger, who is arguably the team's best interior offensive lineman, has missed practice all week after spraining his left ankle against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. That indicates there's a good chance the veteran won't suit up this weekend. 

And if that's the case, CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir expects rookie third-round pick Josh LeRibeus to start in Lichtensteiger's place. LeRibeus has never started before, but he did fare well in place of Lichtensteiger in the second half of the Dallas game. 

After battling to come back from a knee injury in the offseason, Lichtensteiger hasn't had a particularly great season. Still, he's a key pass-blocker in front of Robert Griffin III. With him in the lineup since the start of 2011, the Redskins are 13-8. Without him, they're 2-9.

On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East on this Friday afternoon...



Dallas Cowboys

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News on why the Cowboys are stuck with the "soft, inconsistent" Miles Austin.

The Cowboys could wind up giving play-calling duties to offensive line coach Bill Callahan, but ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer isn't sure that'll right the ship.



New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: Giants general manager Jerry Reese hopes to get Michael Strahan to help bring Jason Pierre-Paul along

From Newsday's Tom Rock: The Giants fell short, and for that Antrel Rolle apologizes



Philadelphia Eagles

From Philly.com: It doesn't appear Jeremiah Trotter thinks Andy Reid is/was a very good head coach.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News passes on word that potential Eagles' head-coaching candidate Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State.



Washington Redskins

From the Washington Post (does nobody get bylines anymore?): The Redskins' secondary has improved quite a lot during the second half of the season

From Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: DeAngelo Hall wonders if London Fletcher might have actually been better than Ray Lewis