Gerald Sensabaugh 'should be ready to go'

IRVING, Texas – Gerald Sensabaugh has declared himself ready for the Redskins.

Sensabaugh said his left shoulder won’t prevent him from playing in the season opener. He suffered a subluxation of the shoulder in Aug. 21 preseason game against the Chargers, an injury that typically has a recovery period of 3-4 weeks.

“I feel good, should be ready to go,” Sensabaugh said after a Monday morning weightlifting session that included power cleans.

Sensabaugh practiced last week, but he wasn’t supposed to participate in any contact. He couldn’t resist, though, and “fit up” on ballcarriers a few times to test the shoulder. He said the shoulder didn’t bother him then.

He’s been given a harness to wear to protect the shoulder, but Sensabaugh said he might not wear it Sunday night.

Sensabaugh missed only one game last season after undergoing surgery on a broken thumb. Now he’s following through on a vow made the day after he injured his shoulder that he’d play in the season opener.

“I take pride,” said Sensabaugh, who missed the final 14 games of the 2007 season due to shoulder surgery. “I think I have a high pain tolerance. I don’t take any pain pills or anything. I don’t take anything for pain. I just try to fight through pain.

“I should be fine for the game, though. I don’t have any pain.”