ASHBURN, VA (CBSDC)–The Washington Redskins held their first practice today in preparation for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday as the Skins continue to battle injuries.
DeAngelo Hall, who hurt his right ankle Monday night, says “absolutely” he is playing on Sunday, even though he was on crutches yesterday and was wearing a protective boot today.
“There’s no way I’m not playing in this game, so it’s a non-story,” Hall said.
Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan expects Hall, Trent Williams (thigh) & London Fletcher (ankle) to play on Sunday.
Rookie tackle Tom Compton was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster and Shanahan said it’s because he “earned the right to be a part of the group”.
Compton took the spot of Cedric Griffin, who was suspended for the next four games due to a PED violation.
Griffin is the fifth Redskins player in the last two seasons to be suspended for a drug violation.
“This situation was one that I think he wish had over again to make that decision,” Shanahan said. “Just made a bad decision.”
The Redskins and Griffin aren’t allowed to have any contact with one another for the next four games and his locker is completely cleaned out. His number was given out to a practice squad member.
“It’s definitely a bad situation,” Redskins veteran Lorenzo Alexander said. “Hard situation to see, especially a guy you respect in the locker room.”
Rookie Richard Crawford is likely to get some more playing time with Cedric Griffin out.
“[The coaches] want me to play outside,” Crawford said. “All my mistakes came w/ me playing nickel.”
Crawford was burned in the Cincinnati loss and hasn’t played much since.
Former Raven Josh Wilson, who grew up in the DC area, says the Ravens aren’t one of their rivals.
“We got enough rivalries as it is…I don’t think we can accept anymore applications.”
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III, DeAngelo Hall, Pierre Garçon, Josh Wilson, Santana Moss, Stephen Bowen, Lorenzo Alexander, Kedric Golston & Richard Crawford had to say following practice today.
Mike Shanahan Practice Audio
Robert Griffin III Practice Audio
DeAngelo Hall Practice Audio
Pierre Garçon Practice Audio
Josh Wilson Practice Audio
Santana Moss Practice Audio
Stephen Bowen Practice Audio
Lorenzo Alexander Practice Audio
Kedric Golston Practice Audio
Richard Crawford Practice Audio