Redskins' offensive line likely to stay intact

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Montgomery, Polumbus expect to play Sunday

Redskins center Will Montgomery suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee. However, Montgomery practiced in full Wednesday and likely will play Sunday at Philadelphia.

Right tackle Tyler Polumbus did not practice because of a concussion suffered Sunday. But he, too, is optimistic about his chances.

"I would certainly classify this thing as a minor deal," he said. "I'm definitely planning on playing."

Montgomery said his knee feels good, but coach Mike Shanahan said the fact that he was practicing Wednesday shows "he's a tough kid."

If Montgomery and Polumbus both play, it would mean the Redskins would start the same line for the 15th straight game.

"I don't see a new group of guys going out there competing together," Redskins guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. "I think we'll have all our guys and be as consistent as we have been."

Meanwhile, defensive end Stephen Bowen suffered a torn upper biceps, but Shanahan said he will play vs. the Eagles.

"It's pretty painful, but people have played with that," Shanahan said. "If it was the lower part of the biceps, he'd be out and have surgery. But the upper part he can play with."

Meanwhile, Shanahan said he couldn't discuss Jordan Black's suspension for taking performance enhancing drugs, adding that the players "said it all." Black's teammates took to Twitter on Monday night to defend their teammate.

Black said Tuesday he had told the NFL from the time he signed with the Redskins that he had a medical diagnosis that required a particular medicine. He declined to say what it was but did say that a positive test two years ago was thrown out before it reached the appeal process because of his diagnosis.

"For some reason it did not work out that way [this time]," he said. "The team was aware of it. The team doctors and trainers were aware of it. My teammates have been aware of it. It's been no secret. ... It's like a railroad job."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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