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Injury Forecast Is Mostly Cloudy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 14, 2011 – 7:47 pm

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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10 Responses to “Injury Forecast Is Mostly Cloudy”

  1. By Osc on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Haha did u say Torain won’t make the roster? Ur dumb, he would still be on the roster opening day even if he didn’t play one snap in the preseason.. Too much potential

  2. By Cranky Fan on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think it’s time to cut Cooley, sure he’s a fan favorite, but “soreness” is no reason to not practice…Torrain needs to go too. If your leg is still attached, you should be practicing. Man up

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Osc-
    Conventional logic might suggest that potential is enough–that’s the reason Malcolm Kelly is still here too. But this is a team with a lot of sources for potential. I’m not saying he does or doesn’t, but the elevated play of his competition is a bigger threat than most people anticipated.

  4. By david on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I see Brian’s point. This is Torrain’s 4th year with injury problems …. if it was just 1 year or 2 years with injury problems his roster spot would be safe. But 4 years is a lot .. I imagine he really could lose his spot if the new running backs look good. It’s also telling that the Skins drafted not one but two RBs … you don’t do that if you’re happy with your starter. Torrain’s needs to show he can stay healthy.

  5. By Sports Scatter on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Wide Receiver and RB are stacked…Kelly has to play well this week or he’s gone. Torrain has to play by preseason week 3 or he’s gone. Robinson did more for Banks’ roster spot than Banks’ two nice returns.

    With Williams surpassing Sellers as the #2 fullback team doesn’t really need to even carry 2 RBs, but I think Royster, Helu, and Hightower are all NFL caliber (Royster and Hightower are better blockers than Torrain, Helu is only one with breakaway speed)…Royster is only guy who ‘might’ be able to clear for practice squad because his combine speed/agility numbers are closer to Trent Williams’ than Roy Helu’s, but I think he’s actually more ready to play than Helu.

    Carrying two fullbacks and an four tight ends (to cover Cooley’s spot) really puts the squeeze on WR, where they were expected to carry 6 but may end up being forced to 5, including banks, austin, or robinson as the kr/pr…most interesting battle in camp may end up being 4th receiver between Paul, Stallworth, Austin, and Hankerson. If Austin beats out Paul and Hankerson and Banks holds kr/pr job things will get really interesting.

  6. By T.J. on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Having to decide which young talented players to keep is a nice change for the Skins and hasn’t been an issue on this team for a long time. So far I really like Paul and on defense Markus White looks like a good candidate for the active roster.

  7. By mt on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    1st & 3rd to Titans for CJ

  8. By david on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    maybe we can send them champ bailey also.

  9. By carenaglines on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Am not that really sport lover type of person but I know it really feels bad when you see your fave player hurting.

    That’s why, any players should be careful to avoid injuries and should not neglectl signs of pain the felt to keep them playing. Well, based on this forecast; they really take doctor’s advice.

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