Notes, quotes and observations from Redskins Park:
RB Ryan Torain left Wednesday morning’s practice with a left hand injury. It’s not believed to be serious, but Torain’s extensive injury history requires us to pay extra attention any time he goes down. He is, after all, the Redskins’ first-string running back.
Torain was scheduled to have his hand x-rayed today. Results were not immediately available, but we’ll see whether he participates in the afternoon walkthrough.
PR/KR Brandon Banks sat out practice because his surgically repaired left knee was sore when he woke up. “It’s more preventative than anything,” coach Mike Shanahan said.
Shanahan would not say how he plans to split practice repetitions between quarterbacks John Beck and Rex Grossman once Grossman returns to practice. He said only that both will work with the first and second team. So our microanalysis of the situation will have to wait a bit longer.
Free agent DE Kedric Golston re-signed with the Redskins on Wednesday afternoon. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Golston confirmed the agreement via text message.
Golston is one of several core special teams players the Redskins would like to re-sign at a low price. SS Reed Doughty and LB Chris Wilson are others. With the league year still scheduled to begin Thursday, keep an eye out for movement on their respective statuses.
CB Carlos Rogers agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers this morning. CSN Bay Area reported that they settled on a one-year deal expected to be worth approximately $4 million. Rogers was hoping to get much more on the free-agent market. It’s hard not to wonder what he might have gotten if he had reached free agency a earlier. Instead, the owners opted out of the CBA, 2010 was uncapped and Rogers’ name gets added to the list of casualties.
It’s no secret that the Redskins and Rogers were mutually interested in parting ways. He’ll always be remembered here for dropping interceptions, but that overshadowed his above-average cover skills and physical style. And he’ll be missed by the reporters here; Rogers was voted the 2010 Media Good Guy for his willingness to help us do our jobs.
Here’s a question for you: As the No. 9 overall pick in 2005, do you consider Rogers a bust? I say no way.
QB John Beck changed his jersey number from 3 to 12. WR Malcolm Kelly was glad to give up 12 and switch to 14, Beck said, because Kelly’s three seasons wearing 12 haven’t been prosperous.
Beck has worn No. 12 since a youth coach who liked Terry Bradshaw assigned him the number. He always wanted to wear No. 14 as a kid because he adored Ty Detmer, but No. 12 stuck with him through high school and college. He couldn’t wear it with Miami because it’s Bob Griese’s retired number, but he wore it in Baltimore.
So now you know.
Shanahan hopes Australian P Sav Rocca can get his visa difficulties resolved and join the team by Monday.
“This is nothing major,” Shanahan said. “They can’t keep him there for six, seven months. He’s got a job here in the United States. Eventually, they’ll let him go. At least I’m hoping they’ll let him go. If not, I told him to get married to an American and make it easier.”
LOLB Ryan Kerrigan participated in the defensive walkthrough portion of the morning practice but did not take part in team drills. He’s still day-to-day.
The Redskins finished the morning practice with situational down-and-distance work that simulated a drive in a regular game. The first-team offense played against the second-team defense, and vice versa. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called plays via radio into the quarterback’s helmet headset.
The first team offense scored on the last of its two drives, with Beck finding TE Fred Davis for a touchdown pass of approximately 25 yards. The first-team defense held the second-team offense to a three-and-out.
“I had it planned every day this week, but this is the first day I actually ran it because I didn’t think we were in shape,” Shanahan said.”
Expect to see more of it in the coming days.