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Wednesday at the Park

1. Mike Shanahan wouldn’t publically commit to Donovan McNabb as his starter for Sunday.
Shanahan said he wanted to keep the Cowboys guessing, so he wouldn’t confirm that McNabb would start. He said that he wasn’t going to announce anybody as a starter, however, so don’t put much into him refusing to endorse McNabb.

2. Ryan Torain is practicing without setbacks.
Torain’s coming off the best performance in his career, a 172-yard gashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense. But despite being hampered by a hamstring throughout the second half of the season, Torain is running without pain this week at practice.

3. Injury report.
Kedric Golston (groin/elbow) and Phillip Daniels (abdomen) were both held out of practice. Brandon Banks (knee), Kareem Moore (knee), Carlos Rogers (hamstring) and Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) were all limited at practice.

4. Chris Cooley is happy with his role.
Only one NFL tight end has more catches than Chris Cooley and only three have more receiving yards. Cooley knows this and says he’s happy with his role in Washington’s offense. Cooley did say that he’s surprised to have just two touchdowns at this point in the season. The pro bowl, pass-catcher would like to get more looks on third down and in the red zone.

5. DeAngelo Hall says Donovan McNabb has a future in politics.
Hall commended McNabb for how he has handled relentless scrutiny and controversy this season. He said McNabb is polished enough behind microphones to run for public office when he’s done playing. Hall also said that he’d be surprised if Rex Grossman plays this Sunday.  

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