Reporting Grant Paulsen
1. Three players were limited while one recovering Redskin was able to practice in full.
CB Josh Wilson (concussion), S Brandon Meriweahter (knee) and WR Pierre Garcon (foot) all took part in some of Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park. Wilson says he will do everything he can to play against the Bengals this weekend, but that the decision to clear him for game action wouldn’t be solely up to him. On Monday, Meriweather told reporters that he was hopeful that he could make his season debut in Sunday’s home debut.
2. The Redskins’ 23-penalties through two games leads the NFL. Shanahan thinks that might be misleading.
Normally when a team leads the league in penalties, that club struggles with discipline. Shanahan is confident that his team is perfectly capable of playing within the rules, and it’s clear that he isn’t overly concerned with the fact that Washington has been flagged more than any other team in the NFL. “You’ve got to look at the penalties,” Shanahan said. “We’re a very disciplined football team. There’s a number of those calls that shouldn’t have been called and a number of those calls that should have been called, and we’ll work on those things. I’ll guarantee you, at the end of the day, we won’t have those penalties.”
3. Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will compete for Brian Orakpo’s starting outside linebacker job.
Jackson and Wilson are both getting reps with the first team in practices this week, but Shanahan says their competition to start will carry over to Sunday’s game. “Both guys will get a chance to play in this game,” Shanahan said. “The guy that keeps the job is the guy that plays at the highest level.” Jackson has served as Orakpo’s primary backup for the past two seasons. He and Wilson will try to prove that they can thrive as pass rushers as well as against the run and in pass coverage.
Out: Shanahan said the Redskins’ security staff has checked into the online threats made against WR Josh Morgan in the wake of his unsportsmanlike penalty that cost Washington a chance at a potential game-tying field goal … The head coach called Andy Dalton “smooth” and “heady,” saying that he is “a natural thrower.”… Shanahan said AJ Green has “everything you look for,” including “speed and size,” adding that “the game’s not too big for him.”