Reporting Grant Paulsen
Mike Shanahan Knocked Down During Practice.
Cornerback Brandyn Thompson accidentally ran into an unsuspecting Mike Shanahan during Monday’s practice. Shanahan was laid-out, remaining on the ground for a couple of minutes. The Redskins’ training staff, several assistant coaches and general manager Bruce Allen all sprinted over to Shanahan after the collision.
All of Shanahan’s players stopped their positional drills to gather around the fallen coach, cheering when he stood back up. He remained on the sideline until the end of practice, and eventually walked back into the team’s facility without assistance.
“It was pretty bad looking,” London Fletcher said about Shanahan going down. “Obviously, concerned about his safety. He wasn’t able to brace himself for the collision either. He had his back to the play. Definitely a very scary feeling out there. He’s pretty tough, he ended up staying out there.”
Robert Griffin III operated his first full OTA practice with his veteran teammates.
Griffin spent the morning spinning tight, accurate spirals at Washington’s pass-catchers. His athleticism was on display during the Redskins’ bootlegs and keeps, throwing on the run down the field with ease.
“The workout was good,” Griffin said. “I was talking to the guys in the locker room, [they] felt like I had pretty good command of the offense, knew what I was doing, knew where to go. I could just play football and let loose.”
Fred Davis commented on his 2011 drug suspension for the first time.
“Lesson learned,” Davis said. “It is embarrassing. When you do something you’ve got to just take the consequences. I made the choice to smoke and that’s what happens,” he added. Davis was suspended for the final four games of his best NFL season to date, having posted career bests in receptions (59), and yards (796) in his 12 games.
“You’ve just got to make sure you make the right decisions and make the right choices, and know the worth of being in the NFL,” Davis said. “This game doesn’t last long and missing four games could’ve been your last four games. I’ll think of it as that and just something I’m never going to do again.”
DeAngelo Hall was the only player on the Redskins’ roster not at Monday’s OTA practice.
Mike Shanahan didn’t address the media after practice because he was still woozy after being run over by Thompson. The head coach generally addresses player absences and with him not able to take questions, it’s unknown why Hall wasn’t on-hand. (A call and a text to Hall hasn’t yet been returned). It should be noted that defensive captain London Fletcher did say that Hall has been at Redskins Park participating in the team’s activities so far this offseason.
Four Redskins still recovering from injuries were either limited or held out of Monday’s practice.
Defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson worked out on the sideline with the training staff, but didn’t do anything on the field during practice. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and running back Tim Hightower, both lost for the season with serious knee injuries last fall, were limited to positional work at the start of Monday’s workout.
Bowen said after practice that he had a minor procedure done in mid-April to scope his knee. He expects to be 100 percent in two to four weeks. Hankerson and Lichtensteiger have both said on 106.7 The Fan at different times this offseason, that they hope to be ready for the start of training camp.
Chris Cooley’s knee is pain-free and he says he’s ready to contribute.
Cooley’s knee consistently swelled up after practices and games last season. The pro bowl tight end was shut down after just five games and a disappointing eight catches for 65 yards in 2011.
“It’s a pleasure to be back, I’m excited to compete,” Cooley said. “Health wise, I’m good. I didn’t sprint until sometime in late March. I’ve done a lot of hard work and a lot of running over the last two months and felt better than I’ve ever felt. I’m continuing to get my feet back under me and my speed.. but health wise, I’ve felt the best I’ve felt.”
Cooley went on to say.. “I can contribute to this team in any capacity, even if I’m not the guy, which is what I want to be, which is what I’m going to try to be. I’m going to still be a major factor on this team and a major factor in this offense. I want to be the guy that catches a lot passes, gets a lot of first downs, scores touchdowns.”