Reporting Grant Paulsen
Concussed right tackle Tyler Polumbus returned to the practice field for the Redskins on Friday, but was limited in the team’s final week-day preparation ahead of Sunday’s NFC East title game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I went out there and did what I could,” Polumbus said. “I feel like I’m making progress toward Sunday and we’ll see where that goes.”
The second-year Redskin and sixth-year pro has started in all but one of Washington’s games this season. Polumbus was held out of last Sunday’s win in Philadelphia after suffering the concussion in the Redskins’ week-14 victory in Cleveland.
“He was approved to practice this morning,” Shanahan said about the 27 year-old’s limited day of work. “We’ll get a chance over the next couple days to see if there’s any setbacks.
Shanahan said Polumbus didn’t go through all of Washington’s drills because he wanted to make sure reserve tackle Maurice Hurt got some work in case Polumbus isn’t able to play on Sunday.
“You want to see how he reacts to practice today after you look at the tape. See how he feels tomorrow, I think that’s the key; not only tomorrow but Sunday as well.”
Winners of six straight, the Redskins are now just one win away from their first division championship since 1999. Polumbus, who has started 19 games in Washington since being signed midway through last season, is hoping he can contribute in Sunday’s potential playoff-clinching performance.
“As a competitor you want to be out there for everything,” the Colorado product said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to get out there and be a part of this game.”