ASHBURN – Jammal Brown will not need surgery after undergoing an MRI on his sore hip in New York on Tuesday, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said.
Brown, the team’s starting right tackle, has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of training camp last Thursday and has not attended practice.
“We know that doesn’t need surgery, but it’s still a little bit sore,” Shanahan said after the Redskins’ practice on Wednesday. “The doctor recommended some anti-inflammatories but we’re going to bring him back here. He’ll still be on PUP and we’ll try to get him back in football shape and see where he’s at.”
Brown, 31, also had the other hip looked at, though any lingering injury is considered minor. He said last year the right hip has been bothering him, but Shanahan said he thought his left hip was the one examined.
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“I don’t know [when he can practice] until he comes in here and goes through rehab and starts getting workouts, and after he does get a workout, can he practice pain-free?” Shanahan said. “We’re not going to activate him to our normal roster, take him off PUP until he’s ready to go.”
Brown missed four games a year ago with the injury, which he originally sustained in 2009. The Redskins signed him to a five-year, $27.5 million contract prior to last season.
Understanding the hip was a concern, Brown stayed in Northern Virginia during the offseason to work on his conditioning, and he began doing yoga to improve his flexibility.
He said he was past the injury during the team’s mandatory minicamp and believed his degenerative hips were partly because his feet naturally point outward, causing additional stress.
The soreness returned a week ago, when he was running day before the Redskins opened training camp, and he wanted to wait until Tuesday to visit his personal doctor in New York to undergo an MRI.
Tyler Polumbus has filled in for the Redskins at right tackle through their first week of practice. Brown’s injury isn’t the only concern on the offensive line; starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who tore ligaments in his right knee early last season, required arthroscopic surgery on Monday.
The injuries put the Redskins in a tough position, with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III potentially entering the preseason with two starters out.
“I definitely keep tabs on those guys, try to talk to them and see what’s going on with them, just for my mind’s sake,” Griffin said Monday. “You want to have the best guys you can have out there, but we have a couple guys sitting out, and the rest of the line’s stepping up and doing a good job.”