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Mike Shanahan Shaken Up In Collision At End Of Redskins’ Practice

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Two players collided with Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan near the end of Monday’s practice, leaving him on the ground for a few minutes before he was helped to his feet.


The incident came roughly 10 minutes before the conclusion of the first day of organized team activities at Redskins Park, which took place on the artificial turf inside the team’s new practice bubble. Players are permitted to wear helmets and shorts for the session but cannot wear pads and cannot hit.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw a pass to receiver Pierre Garcon, who ran a deep crossing route on the left and was covered by cornerback Brandyn Thompson. The pass was deflected by Thompson, and the momentum from the play carried both players into Shanahan, who had his back to the play while standing at midfield with other assistants and members of the team’s support staff.

Athletic trainers attended to Shanahan, 59, while players surrounded him at midfield and took a knee. He was helped to his feet and was “a bit woozy,” according to a team spokesman, but was able to walk off under his own power. His scheduled post-practice press conference was canceled as a precaution.

“He showed some toughness, got up, stuck it out, so that’s a bed mark of our team,” Griffin said. “It was pretty scary, actually, to see two guys run full-speed, smack-dab into your coach. We’re glad he got up, glad he was fine, and hopefully he’s fine tomorrow, because hits like that don’t usually kick in ‘til the next day.”

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