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Offensive line adapts to injuries and illness

Injuries and illness forced more changes on the Redskins' offensive line in Washington's 17-12 win over the Eagles.

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams was inactive for a second consecutive game, saying he could not play because of his injured toe. Starting right guard Artis Hicks left the game due to an undisclosed illness and was replaced by Will Montgomery, and Kory Lichtensteiger again started over Derrick Dockery.

Williams confirmed that he tested out the toe before the game but "it wasn't all the way."
 

The rookie said he hopes to be ready to play next week when the Redskins host the Green Bay Packers.

"It's hard to put a number on it but I'm getting better every day," Williams said.

The first round draft pick was replaced in the lineup by Stephon Heyer, who managed well in his matchup with Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole, but was flagged for a crucial false start late in the game as the Redskins were trying to run out the clock. Heyer also was whistled for another false start and a holding penalty.

Heyer's hold on the first drive of the second quarter pushed the Redskins back from first and goal on the three-yard line to the 13-yard line. The Redskins would eventually settle for a field goal.

"The last four weeks our offense has been doing well but it seems like we've been hurting ourselves here and there, like the offsides there at the end," Montgomery said. "As long as we don't hurt ourselves I think we're going to be on track and I think statistically over the first three games we put up decent numbers and we need to continue doing that."

After the game, Hicks said he "wasn't feeling right" but that he would be fine. Montgomery, who started three games for the Redskins last year, stepped in and played well, but the constant rotation could have an impact on the line's cohesion.

"It happens, so you have to have guys that can step in there and fill those voids," Hicks said. "Fortunately we have two guys that have been doing it and did it at a high level. [Heyer] did good and Will stepped in and did good today and we came out victorious."

By Paul Tenorio  | October 3, 2010; 9:39 PM ET
 
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Comments

OL played well, minus Heyer's 3 costly penalties.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 3, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Running game!! whammo!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 3, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

TODD BALL RETURNS!

Posted by: DaFunBunch | October 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is becoming a constant liability. If he's not giving up sacks or hits on the QB, he false starting or holding. He looked like a promising player a few years ago, now he just looks plain awful. They need Trent back in the worst way.

Posted by: jimc93 | October 4, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

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