Line of injured Redskins lengthening Lachey sidelined at least 4 weeks

October 14, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

ASHBURN, Va. -- At this rate, the Washington Redskins are going to run out of players before they run out of games.

They're suffering a major injury in virtually every game. They lost cornerback Darrell Green against the Atlanta Falcons, Jeff Bostic against the Phoenix Cardinals and now have lost offensive tackle Jim Lachey after Monday night's game with the Denver Broncos.

A MRI exam revealed yesterday that Lachey suffered a partially torn knee ligament, an injury that probably will sideline him at least four weeks and likely earn him a place on the injured reserve list.

"It puts us in a real bind," said coach Joe Gibbs. It also means that Mo Elewonibi, who played the last three quarters against the Broncos, will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and line up against Clyde Simmons.

It also means that the Redskins will have to add an offensive lineman to their roster. If they decide to add a player who knows their system, they can sign Thomas Rayam off the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad.

The Redskins will be starting a different offensive line for the third straight week and have only one player, right guard Mark Schlereth, in the same position at which he started the season.

Lachey and Bostic are out while left guard Raleigh McKenzie has moved to Bostic's center position, right tackle Joe Jacoby has moved to McKenzie's left guard slot and Ed Simmons has stepped in at right tackle. Elewonibi, who spent his first two seasons on the injured reserve, will be the left tackle.

Lachey wasn't the only Redskin injured Monday night. Defensive back Sidney Johnson broke his hand, but hopes to play against the Eagles Sunday.

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