Redskins notes, quotes and observations (Mon, 10/25)
Some notes from coach Mike Shanahan’s news conference today:
The Redskins planned to rotate Stephon Heyer with Jammal Brown at right tackle against Chicago, coach Shanahan said, but Heyer sprained his ankle on the first play of the team’s second series.
Brown’s athleticism has been limited by hip and knee pain, and he has struggled in recent weeks. Bears DE Julius Peppers pushed Brown around throughout yesterday’s game.
“I think it’s bothering him,” Shanahan said. “I think he’s playing through it. You see him getting better each week, but there’s still a situation with range of motion that’s not quite there yet, and he’s working through it. It’s painful, but he plays.”
FB Mike Sellers sprained his foot yesterday, Shanahan said. The bottom of his foot is sore. Shanahan was encouraged by the fact that Sellers finished the game.
RB Chad Simpson (hamstring) might be ready to practice Wednesday, Shanahan said.
FS Kareem Moore split time with Reed Doughty because his surgically repaired right knee is swollen and sore, Shanahan said.
“We wanted to give him a little rest,” Shanahan said. “We could see in practice that he tries to go but can’t go full speed. We were afraid if we play him too much, we might slow him down for an extended period of time.”
RB Clinton Portis (groin) definitely will not play against Detroit this Sunday, Shanahan said. Shanahan hopes that Portis will complete his recovery during the bye week and return for the game against Philadelphia on Monday, Nov. 15.
With RB Ryan Torain making a positive impact as a runner, though, the question surfaced today about whether Torain or Portis will start after Portis returns. Shanahan dodged that one, as expected.
“We’re going to play the best players that we think gives us the best chance to win,” he said.
It will be an interesting decision when the time comes, but it’s not a pressing issue right now, so I’ll leave that one for another day.
Shanahan reiterated his confidence in K Graham Gano a day after Gano missed one of his two field goals, a 37-yarder.
Gano’s 72-percent accuracy rate (13-for-18) on field goals ranks 30th in the league. Considering that the Redskins cut Shaun Suisham last season even though he made 18 of 21 field goals, Gano can’t feel comfortable. His directional accuracy, distance and hang time on kickoffs are quite good, however, and that increases his value to the team.
He’d be wise to make all of his field goals inside the dome in Detroit on Sunday because the Redskins would have two weeks to try out kickers if he doesn’t.
Shanahan said DL Albert Haynesworth played his best game as a Redskin.
In case you missed them, my initial thoughts on yesterday’s game.