Some notes, observations and analysis from Tuesday at Redskins Park:
QB John Beckis starting Friday’s game against Indianapolis. Finally. Enough of all the talk and speculation. Let’s watch the guy play quarterback and see what he’s got.
CB DeAngelo Hall and S Chris Horton mixed it up at practice today. I described their skirmish at the top of Tuesday’s practice breakdown, which you can read here.
Hall has been known to lash out when he’s unhappy with his teammates in the secondary. Remember what he said after Houston’s Andre Johnson beat S Reed Doughty and CB Phillip Buchanon for the game-tying touchdown in Week 2?
“This [is] my team. This [is] my defense. I’m gonna follow the receivers around. If we’ve got to do that to win games, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
RB James Davis was placed on the reserve/left squad list after missing practice for the second day. Shanahan would not confirm that he left the team because of a gripe about playing time and practice reps. We won’t see him again, Shanahan said.
“He could get fined $20,000 for missing a day,” Shanahan cracked. “I think he’s made, maybe $1500. So you add that up, that’s not good.”
Davis was a longshot to make the team after the Redskins traded for Tim Hightower and drafted Roy Helu and Evan Royster. However, they could have cut him in the offseason if he had no shot of making the team. Now, his fate is sealed.
Return specialist Brandon Banks will not play against the Colts because his surgically-repaired left knee swelled up after running pass routes in practice, Shanahan said. Banks’ knee doesn’t seem to be improving. The Redskins love his undeniable play-making ability, but if he can’t practice each week, how’s he going to make plays in the game? It’s something Shanahan will have to decide over the next month.
WR Terrence Austin is expected to return kickoffs on Friday. He has showed more ability as a receiver than Banks, so Austin has a lot to gain if he can prove his explosiveness as a return man is similar to Banks’.
RB Ryan Torain visited a specialist about his broken left hand and has been cleared to take handoffs during positional drills, a team official said. The Redskins will try to limit contact to his hand. It sounds as though game action is still a ways off for him. Maybe Baltimore next Thursday.
LB London Fletcher (groin/hamstring), CB Josh Wilson (groin/hamstring), FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring) and WR Malcolm Kelly (right foot) did not practice. Any of those guys who don’t practice Wednesday are unlikely to play against the Colts.
The Redskins filled RB James Davis’ roster spot by signing TE Tony Curtis. Curtis last played a regular season game for Dallas in 2008. The Redskins now have seven (!) tight ends on their roster: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Mike Sellers, Joe Torchia, Derek Schouman and Curtis. Geez.
One thought about yesterday’s news regarding SS LaRon Landry’sexpected return to practice on Wednesday:
Landry said early in camp that he didn’t want to return to practice until he was certain he could stay on the field. However, he acknowledged on Monday that he needs to test his left Achilles’ tendon in live situations, basically acknowledging that he’s not sure he’ll be able stay on the field.
“I won’t know how it’s going to react unless I get into live situations,” he said.
Landry never was going to stay on the physically-unable-to-perform list into the regular season; he always was going to give it a try. Landry realizes he might not be ready, but he’s not expecting any setbacks. We’re about to find out if he’s right, and the answer could have a huge impact on the Redskins’ defense.