With Jammal Brown scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow on his surgically repaired right hip, the Redskins find themselves in flux at right tackle — yet again — after placing Brown on the physically unable to perform list after he re-injured his hip running sprints last Wednesday.

Brown’s hip was supposedly at its best since he originally injured it back 2009 while he was with the New Orleans Saints.  A rehab centered on Pilates was said to have brought back the mobility and flexibility that had hampered him in the past.

As seen over the past two seasons, Brown struggled mightily with speed rushers as he was unable to initiate a quick first step off the right side.  This meant a tight end or a back was needed on certain passing downs to act as insurance against Brown’s decreased mobility.

Hopefully the MRI has positive results and Brown experiences his best season in Washington.  Chances are though, even if he’s okay, he won’t last the entire season.

Fortunately the team has a few in house options that could step in for Brown for a few weeks or for the season.

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TYLER POLUMBUS

Polumbus is a fifth-year pro who saw time at guard and right tackle last season.  He impressed last year while making four starts in place of Brown who was nursing a sore groin at the time.  Polumbus has a history with Mike Shanahan, having been signed to the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado in 2008, Shanny’s last season in Denver.  Polumbus is the odds on favorite as he has been filling in for Brown with the first unit during camp.

WILLIE SMITH

I figured Smith would be the first player to line up in place of Brown due to how well he played while filling in for Trent Williams last season.  He went up against a murder’s row of Jason Pierre- Paul, Jared Allen and Trent Cole in consecutive weeks last year and performed well above expectations.  Maybe the Shanahan’s want to work him exclusively on the left side, but I would love to see what he could do if given the chance at RT.  He is still raw but possesses the athletic attributes needed in the zone blocking scheme.

TOM COMPTON

Rated as the 11th best tackle prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Skins scooped up Compton in the sixth round.  He is a perfect fit for the zone scheme but concerns over the quality of competition he faced in the Great West Conference hurt his stock.  If he can transition quickly, he could be that “diamond in the rough” pick that the organization has been dying to find.

JAMES LEE

Lee signed on with the Redskins in early April after spending the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Lee has ties to Bruce Allen and Raheem Morris as he was claimed off waivers by Allen back in 2008 after being released by the Cleveland Browns.  Lee started nine games during Tampa’s playoff run in 2010 under Morris.  He was brought in to help with depth, but at just 26 he should just be entering his prime and could break out in the zone scheme.

 

If Brown is out, the battle for the starting right tackle spot will be among the top story lines to follow over the course of camp.  As you can see, I’m a Willie Smith guy but I’m hopeful that all four of these players could step in and play well.

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