Friday at the Park
1. Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry are both questionable for Sunday’s game.
Mike Shanahan said they were both limited in practice and that they would have to prove that they could run, and practice, full speed, on Saturday to be cleared to play.
2. Ryan Torain is expected to play.
Torain said he’s ecstatic to be back on the field, practicing in full. Shanahan said barring another pre-game setback, he’ll be able to carry part of the load for Washington’s ground attack against Tampa Bay.
3. Mike Shanahan likes James Davis.
Davis rushed for 40 yards and contributed 41 more as a receiver in his first extensive work with the Redskins. Shanahan said that “the game wasn’t too big for him” and that he liked what he saw. Don’t expect Torain’s health to completely shut Davis out of Washington’s offense.
4. Macho Harris seeing increased reps at free safety.
Both Jim Haslett and Macho Harris have admitted that the Virginia Tech product is getting more run at free safety in practice. One reason for that is Kareem Moore’s health. But Moore hasn’t tackled well, either. Don’t be stunned if Harris gets more work in the secondary this weekend.
5. Anthony Armstrong has emerged as a legitimate threat in Washington’s offense.
If Anthony Armstrong posts 40 receiving yards this weekend, he’d be the first Redskins receiver to do hit that mark in 10 straight games since Rod Gardner in 2002. Considering that he wasn’t a starter when the streak began and that Santana Moss has never done it, it’d be an impressive distinction.
6. Chris Cooley looking to build on strong season.
Among all NFL tight ends, Cooley ranks second in receptions (60) and third in yards (664). He’s on pace for 80 catches and a career-high 885 yards. Previously, the best year of his career (83 and 849) came back in 2008.
7. The Bucs can run the ball.
Tampa Bay rushes for 119 yards per game (11th in the NFL). With forecasts calling for a cold, windy, and possibly rainy or snowy day in Landover, Maryland … conditions could favor the Buccaneers’ physical, ball-controlled approach.