Offensive line preparing for Freeney and Mathis
Considering the shuffling along the Redskins' offensive line through the first five games, it's not surprising that Donovan McNabb is among the league's most-sacked quarterbacks.
McNabb is tied for fifth in the NFL, having been sacked 11 times. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked a league-leading 17 times.
In Week 3, Kory Lichtensteiger, who was out of football last season, supplanted longtime starting left guard Derrick Dockery. Rookie left tackle Trent Williams missed two games because of knee and toe injuries suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans, and right tackle Jammal Brown is still regaining his form after sitting out the entire 2009 season because of a hip injury.
Williams and Brown suffered knee problems during the Week 5 victory over the Green Bay Packers, but MRI exams did not reveal any structural damage, Coach Mike Shanahan said. In addition, right guard Artis Hicks struggled in pass protection last week and center Casey Rabach struggles against big nose guards.
On Sunday night, the Redskins host the Indianapolis Colts, who have one of the NFL's top pass-rushing tandems in ends Dwight Freeney (three sacks) and Robert Mathis (four sacks). McNabb is confident that Williams, Brown and backup Stephon Heyer, who already has played a lot, will be up to the challenge.
Or, at least he hopes so.
"They are a good tandem," McNabb said Monday before practice at Redskins Park. "But I think our training staff will do a great job of getting those guys [Williams and Brown] back on the outside. I think with Jammal and Trent, we definitely need those guys out there.
"Stephon came in and did a great job for us in the previous weeks, as well as last week. So it's going to be a matchup that, I think, those guys are looking forward to. And, hopefully, we'll get a little bit of time to get the ball downfield to the guys and let us continue to sustain some drives."
| October 13, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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