The Redskins have been fortunate to avoid any major injuries (knock on wood) to this point, but remain cautious with a few key players that haven’t seen the playing field in a while. Head coach Mike Shanahan had the scoop on the group after practice today.
On Ryan Torain: ”He’ll see the specialist tomorrow and get a better feel after he talks to the doctors and see what they recommend.”
To me, this is neither optimistic, nor terribly excited for the man who entered training camp as the top option at running back. Certainly an opportunity presented itself with the Hightower acquisition, but I’m not positive that Torain is a lock for the roster anymore if he can’t recover quickly and perform.
On Chris Cooley: “His knee’s a little bit sore and swollen. It’s going to take some time. How long? I really don’t know. According to the doctors, it might take up to a couple of weeks. He’s rehabbing and working extremely hard. There’s no sense in putting any added pressure on the knee. You don’t know [if he'll be ready for the start of the season]. We’re going day-by-day and we’ll see what happens in two weeks.”
Also not the most optimistic prognosis, but clearly a concern for this offense. A healthy Cooley makes everyone around him better, and Shanahan knows that he’ll need him more in November and Decemeber than August.
On Brandon Banks hitting the stationary bike today: ”[His knee] was a little sore. The doctors thought it was better to give it a day of rest and he had [his knee drained]. It’s not as bad as before so it’s getting much better.”
Banks had an electric night on Friday night but according to Shanahan had “several CC’s” of fluids drained from his surgically repaired knee. Banks has long-term durability concerns, but when he plays like he did in the return game, do you have a choice?
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