The Washington Times - August 9, 2011, 01:12PM

John Beck isn’t getting a whole lot of practice time this week in advance of the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Steelers. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing according to coach Mike Shanahan,who is not eager to rush the young quarterback back into action – something that could possibly aggravate his injured groin.

“Usually with that area, you don’t wanna make him go unless he’s ready,” Shanahan said Tuesday at Redskins Park. “We feel like if we put him in there, we might set him back for a couple weeks. So it’s a prevention [thing]. It’s getting better, so that’s a good sign.”


Shanahan won’t yet rule Beck out for Friday and said the team will “just kinda take it day-by-day, see how it goes.” Beck is getting better but still a bit sore, Shanahan said.

Rex Grossman got the chance to work with the first team again Tuesday and is listed No. 1 on the unofficial depth chart the team released with game notes.

But the coach didn’t agree with the notion that if Beck misses the Pittsburgh game it’ll be a setback in the quarterback competition.

“We got competition every day. Injuries are gonna happen, and the one thing that’s great about John is he’s had a week of almost all the reps,” Shanahan said. “He’s ahead of schedule right now to be able to do that. That’s good for John.”