Shanahan vague on offensive line injuries

Shanahan vague on offensive line injuries
December 17, 2012, 4:45 pm
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Shanahan on O-line adjustments

Mike Shanahan was vague about the status of injured starting offensive linemen Will Montgomery and Tyler Polumbus during his Monday news conference.

Right tackle Polumbus missed the second half of the win over the Browns with a concussion and center Montgomery missed the end of the game after suffering a sprain of his medial collateral ligament.

Shanahan said that Polumbus is going through the league’s concussion protocol and that his status will be evaluated daily. The status of Polumbus is of particular interest because Jordan Black, who filled in for him when he was out on Sunday, has been suspended for four games due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

After the game, Shanahan said that Montgomery had a strained MCL and that an MRI would be done. Today, the coach only confirmed that he had injured his MCL but would not say anything in regards to how much time he may miss with the injury, if any.

When Montgomery went out, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger moved over the center and Maurice Hurt went in to play left guard. It is possible that those changes will remain in place for as long as Montgomery may be out.

Shanahan sad that the team stressed versatility when putting together its offensive line. “We know Kory can play center,” he said.

It is unclear who would play tackle if Polumbus can’t play. Among the possibilities are Hurt, who was drafted as a tackle in 2011, and Tom Compton, a sixth-round pick last spring who was recently moved from the practice squad to the active roster.

Members of the media did not receive word of Black’s suspension until after Shanahan’s availability had concluded. 

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