Quick-Hitters from Mike Shanahan’s Sunday Press Conference

1. John Beck participated in an entire practice for the first time since early last week. Mike Shanahan said he looked good and didn’t suffer a setback. Beck says he hasn’t been told whether or not he will start against the Colts on Friday night yet, but he does expect to play.

2. The Redskins released veteran kicker Shayne Graham over the weekend. As special teams coach Danny Smith said, “we found out that Graham wasn’t the guy.” The longtime Bengal missed both of his field goal attempts on Friday night.

2-A. the Redskins decided not to immediately sign a veteran to compete against Graham Gano for the team’s kicking duties. Shanahan said: “Right now I don’t see anybody out there that would really compete against him.” He didn’t rule out adding a veteran later on.

3. Brandon Banks didn’t practice on Sunday. Shanahan: “[His knee] was a little sore. The doctors felt it was better to give him a day of rest.”

4. Chris Cooley missed Sunday’s practice as well. He spent the afternoon in the training room with a sore and swollen knee, according to Shanahan. Here’s what the Head Coach had to say about Cooley: “It’ll probably take up to a couple weeks. He’s getting some rehab on it, he’s working extremely hard. I really don’t know a whole lot more than that.” Will Cooley be ready for the season-opener on September 11th? “I really don’t know. It’s day-by-day.”

5. London Fletcher was given the day off from team-drills on Sunday. He had a tight hamstring and could have done more work in practice “if we needed him to,” according to Shanahan.

6. Other Redskins who didn’t practice on Sunday: Landry, Moore, Torain and Atogwe.

7. Speaking of Torain, he’s going to see a hand specialist on Monday. The Redskins will have a better idea of when he’s going to return to practice and when he’ll be able to play in games, after his meeting tomorrow.

8. Shanahan was impressed with his offensive line and his team’s blocking on Friday night. “You’ve got five or six guys working together on every play. I was impressed with our guys. That was the leading rushing defense, front seven, in the NFL. They were all there and they were there for 20 plays so you get 20 plays and you’re averaging about five yards per-carry against an excellent defensive front. You’re feeling pretty good.”


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