Guard Kory Lichtensteiger has been named the Redskins’ 2012 recipient of the Ed Block Courage award, the team announced Tuesday. The annual award is given to a player from each team for showing extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.
Lichtensteiger has started all 14 games this season after missing all but five contests a season ago because of a season-ending knee injury.
In training camp, the 27-year-old suffered a setback and required another surgical procedure. But Lichtensteiger returned in time for the season opener and has helped anchor an overachieving unit that’s cleared the way for the league’s top rushing offense. The Redskins have gained 2,307 yards – 693 more than the team gained in 2011.
“Kory is a warrior,” Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement. “He not only came back strong and healthy from a torn ACL in less than a year, but he tore his MCL in that knee as well. To be playing at the high level he is, speaks to the hard work he put in during the offseason.”