Monday at the Park

— Brandon Banks likely to miss Monday night’s game
Banks was injured in a brilliant performance at Detroit. Mike Shanahan said that an MRI early last week revealed a slight meniscus tear. Shanahan didn’t speculate on how long Banks would be out. I was told that he shouldn’t miss more than two games.

— Chris Horton placed on Injured Reserve
Horton injured while covering a kick on special teams in Detroit. He was placed on the IR on Monday, meaning he won’t get to suit up for game-action with the Redskins until next September. He was replaced on the active roster by Anderson Russell, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio State, who has spent the entire season on Washington’s practice squad.

 –Taurus Johnson and Sha’reff Rashad added to practice squad
Johnson, a wide receiver, played his college ball at the University of South Florida. Rashad’s a 6-foot, 200-pound, safety who went to Central Florida. They played against each other in college three times. They’ll now be going head-to-head on Washington’s practice squad. Rashad was on the Giants’ practice squad last year, and was placed on the active roster for the club’s final game.

— James Davis closing in on promotion?
Don’t be surprised if practice squad running back James Davis gets promoted to the active roster for the Philly game.  A league source told me on Monday afternoon that the Redskins were “in talks” to sign him to their 53-man roster.

— Redskins getting healthier
Several players had a chance to nurse injuries over Washington’s well-timed bye week. Mike Shanahan said Donovan McNabb was feeling “a lot better.” Ryan Torain said that he would be ready to go on Monday night against Philly. (He had been nursing a hamstring injury). Clinton Portis even returned to practice on Monday.


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