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Redskins injury updates
Coach Mike Shanahan this afternoon met with reporters and updated the Redskins’ injuries. Let’s start with the guys who were injured during Sunday’s 19-16 win over Tennessee. Buckle up…
C Casey Rabach has a second-degree meniscus tear in his right knee. Surgery is not believed to be required. UPDATE at 5:45 p.m.: The Redskins have clarified Rabach’s diagnosis. They say it’s an MCL tear, not the meniscus.
Shanahan’s take: “We’re just going to have to wait during the week to see how it responds.”
RB Clinton Portis aggravated his injured left groin.
Shanahan’s take: “After the MRI and he talks to a couple of doctors, we’ll get a better feel for [practice availability] Wednesday and exactly how serious the injury is.”
ILB Rocky McIntosh has a strained groin.
Shanahan’s take: “He’s sore right now. …I don’t think we’ll know until Wednesday how serious it is.”
OLB Lorenzo Alexander has a strained hamstring.
Shanahan’s take: “With those hamstrings you don’t know. We’ve done hamstrings that have been a few days, it’s been a few weeks. We’ll have to wait and see.”
LG Derrick Dockery injured his knee. Shanahan did not provide further details.
Shanahan’s take: “He probably won’t be able to practice for a couple days, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
S Anderson Russell tore the ACL in his right knee and was put on the season-ending injured reserve list. The Redskins are searching for another safety to fill his roster spot, Shanahan said.
RB Chad Simpson broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and will have surgery. He was put on injured reserve. RB James Davis was signed from the practice squad to the active roster to take his place.
The four players who were injured but returned to the game–CB DeAngelo Hall, OLB Brian Orakpo, RDE Kedric Golston and WR Santana Moss–are “OK,” Shanahan said. “They all should be fine.”
And get this: Associate athletic trainer Eric Steward seriously injured his knee at halftime Sunday when he slipped in the tunnel that connects the field and locker room. “We’re not sure if it’s an ACL,” Shanahan said. He’s having an MRI today. Geez.
Now, for the guys who were hurt before yesterday’s game:
SS LaRon Landry’s left Achilles’ tendon still is sore.
Shanahan’s take: “LaRon I think will be out [against Minnesota this Sunday]. I’m 98 percent sure there.”
CB Carlos Rogers‘ right hamstring still is a problem.
Shanahan’s take: “We’ll get a feel for that during the week.”
RB Ryan Torain’s injured hamstring has not healed sufficiently.
Shanahan’s take: “I think that’s a longshot right now [for Sunday's game].”
RG Artis Hicks is working back from his groin/thigh injury.
Shanahan’s take: “He was biting at the bit last week. We’ll get a better feel on Wednesday.”
DE Jeremy Jarmon strained his hamstring in practice on Friday.
Shanahan’s take: “I’m not going to say he’s out because you don’t know for sure, but he tweaked that hamstring pretty good on Friday, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Whew, I think that’s it.
As for some of the contingencies, Shanahan would not provide much detail because he prefers to keep the Minnesota Vikings guessing about which players they will face. However, he did say that seventh-round picks C/G Erik Cook and T/G Selvish Capers are strong candidates for a promotion from the practice squad if attrition requires it.