All the talk about a change at the center position becomes reality, but because of an injury to Kory Lichtensteiger
The term center exchange has never been more appropriate. The Washington Redskins have reportedly placed center Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) on injured reserve and signed veteran center John Sullivan who was released by the Minnesota Vikings last month.
Sullivan, 31, was a part of a Vikings' OL unit that helped create lanes for All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson. With Minnesota, Sullivan's strength was his run blocking. He was above average in that regard, while just OK in the pass game. However, while he was once a weekly starter, Sullivan last played a regular season game in 2014. He had two back surgeries last season and was released by Minnesota in August of 2016.
That he signed a contract would lead one to assume he can help now. For the Redskins, however, I believe Sullivan's status as a potential starter will be tied to LG Shawn Lauvao's (moderate ankle sprain) health. If healthy, Lauvao would prevent a void from appearing at left guard, leaving Spencer Long with a job to lose at center.
As of right now, Long is the team's best swing player who can potentially start at either left guard or center. If Lauvao is not healthy, you could see the Redskins move their perennial Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams to LG with Ty Nsekhe playing LT.
Unfortunately, the team was disappointed by second year player Arie Kouandjio's progress this summer. It would be an easy decision at left guard if Kouandjio were ready. But he isn't. Which could force the Redskins to shuffle some players around the line.
Although, they could just risk starting Kouandjio, It wouldn't be wise. For now, I think it's Long's job to lose at center and Trent Williams at left guard if Lauvao is ready. Ideally, you hope he is healthy. He's been playing extremely well.
NFL Network first reported both transactions.
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