The Redskins brain-trust drafted a group of a dozen players that they hoped would lay the foundation for future success.
Some players like Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins and Leonard Hankerson were expected to be impact players in their rookie seasons, but when do things go according to plan in a contact sport?
Jenkins was lost to a season-ending injury in the preseason, delaying his rise to stardom. Hankerson was lost after his breakout game against Miami in Week 10. They were joined by a whole host of players in injured reserve, which opened up playing time and opportunity for late-round draft picks to perform.
Each of the remaining 11 players were active for at least one game during the season, making it one of the most impressive showings for a rookie draft class in franchise history.
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On the most recent injury report, the Redskins have some question marks at tight end and fullback, which could lead to gametime decisions on activations and deactivations.
No panic for head coach Mike Shanahan, however, who explained that injuries are all just part of the process.
“We try to play the best 46 players we can,” he said. ”We’ve got a game plan going in, and hopefully people will be as healthy as they can be. But that’s part of the process to evaluate on game day who can be up, who’s not, and be able to run all the type of substitution groups you’re hoping that you can run. But you work on it during the week. We usually use a little bit of everything – two backs, one back, some four-wides, some tight end and three-wides. We’ve been doing that for a long time, so hopefully we’ll have that flexibility.”
When multiple players are injured at the same position, the game-planning begins earlier in the week so that both players are ready, if possible, at game time.
“You can see it during the week,” Shanahan explained. ”If you’ve got somebody limited in practice, you’re playing two guys – one guy that knows he’s going to play and a guy behind him that you’re not really sure is going to play. So you’ve got to work on that early in the week and you’ve got to have a plan for it.”
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While it’s been raining cats and dogs in Washington, it’s been raining medical reports in theBig Apple.
The Giants come into the game on Sunday with four potential starters unable to practice (as of Thursday), and three currently listed as Out. Via NFL.com:
Justin Tuck, DE, (Neck), QUESTIONABLE, (Did Not Participate In Practice)
Prince Amukamara, CB, (Foot), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play),
Jonathan Goff, MLB, (Knee), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play)
Osi Umenyiora, DE, (Knee), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play)
These four Giants join an already stocked injured reserve:
Marvin Austin, DT
Sage Rosenfels, QB
Clint Sintim, LB
Terrell Thomas, DB
This, however, is not a concern for Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
He said that regardless of whether the starters take the field, that there’s a lot of talent in every NFL roster. His game-plans don’t change:
“I don’t fall into the trap of people talking about injuries,” he said. ”It happens to every team in the NFL. You don’t dwell on it because all 53 guys on your football team can play. You’re one play away from being the starter and there are a lot of guys that all they need is that opportunity to show people what they can do, especially in a special game like this.”
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Head coach Mike Shanahan delivered positive news about on Sunday about injuries following the game. Of particular interest is starting strong safety LaRon Landry who has yet to see the practice field this preseason.
“Y’know, he was doing real well,” Shanahan said. ”I think the Achilles healed, but he tweaked his hamstring working out in Indy. Y’know those hamstrings are always day-by-day, so we’re gonna just have to wait and see.”
Yesterday also marked the first day that safety Oshiomogho Atogwe practiced with his teammates since Fan Appreciation Day. Inside linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Josh Wilson were also back after missing practice at the end of last week.
“It’s good to have [Oshiomogho Atogwe] back,” Shanahan said. ”It’s good to get those guys practicing. [Fletcher] practiced today fully. I’m not saying he was full speed, but he did all the reps and looked good.”
Getting so many players healthy on the defensive side of the ball should give the Redskins a better idea of what they have going into the last two preseason games.
Check out the full video of the press conference below (don’t mind the thunder):
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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. Read more »
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