The Washington Redskins announced today that they have activated longtime center Kory Lichtensteiger, who had been placed on Injured Reserve with a Designation to Return (after at least half the season). Lichtensteiger had appeared in the first five games of this season, and had not missed a game previously since the 2011 season. With a cap hit of $4.3 million, Lichtensteiger is among the ten highest-paid centers in the league.
During Washington’s first five games, when Lichtensteiger was healthy, the team averaged 4.06 yards per rush attempt, or at about league average. In the games since then, Washington has only averaged 3.4 yards per rush attempt, which was second-worst in the league, ahead of only the San Diego Chargers.
In another roster move, the Redskins also signed Cary Williams, who had played ten games with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season. Seattle had just signed Williams to a three-year, $18M contract in the spring of 2015.
Washington is making these moves in anticipation of their Wild Card Playoff game this Sunday, when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers. Washington has not been to the playoffs since 2012, and has not won a playoff game since 2005, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Joe Gibbs as coach and Mark Brunell as quarterback.