Some notes, quotes and observations from Wednesday at Redskins Park:
Gotta start off with the question of the week: How’s LT Trent Williams’ sprained right ankle?
“He’s probably in the 70 percent range,” Mike Shanahan said. “You’re can’t play unless you’re 100 percent, so we’ll see how the practice goes during the week.”
Shanahan reiterated the possibility of shuffling the line personnel for Sunday’s game against San Francisco. Will Montgomery struggled at left guard against Buffalo. Again, it’s not his fault. He was out of position. Here’s thinking Shanahan will consider moving him back to center, where he played well through four games.
“I’m not going to go through all of the scenarios,” Shanahan said. “I’m just hoping that, by the end of the week, Trent has a chance to play. If not, it will be very similar to what happened last week. We’ve got two more guys, [Willie] Smith and [Maurice] Hurt – they’re gaining valuable experience as we practice during the week.”
Other injury updates:
TE Fred Davis (right ankle) did not practice. He participated in the morning walkthrough, though, and was not wearing a walking boot when he met with reporters at midday.
FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee) did not practice
ILB LondonFletcher (hamstring) and CB Phillip Buchanon (knee/neck) were limited.
Newly-signed RB Tashard Choice (hamstring) is not healthy enough to play Sunday. The team hopes he’ll start practicing next Monday.
As for claiming him on waivers Monday: “Obviously, we needed some depth at the backfield position,” Shanahan said. “We’ve watched him through the years. We think he has a chance to come in and help us once he learns the offense and gets over his hamstring injury.”
Sunday’s drubbing against Buffalo lingered with QB John Beck. That was obvious from his demeanor during Wednesday’s media session. He didn’t play well, as his film review determined. Shanahan analyzed those plays with Beck, and they discussed what he might have done differently, whether it was throw the ball away or throw to a receiver more quickly.
They reviewed all 10 sacks – the NFL added another to the total on Wednesday, the first-quarter play on which Beck kneed the ball out of his own hand – and tried to learn from his mistakes.
“There were a few where maybe I could have just said, ‘It will be on the next drive that we get something going,’” Beck said. “Let’s just get the ball out of my hands, not take a sack, put us in better field position.”
The key, Shanahan believes, is for Beck to improve upon what he did wrong.
“I told John, ‘You’re going to have some highs and lows in this profession, especially at the quarterback position, especially when you have about six or seven new guys that you’re playing with, like last week,’” Shanahan said. “As a quarterback, you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”
It was good to see LG Kory Lichtensteiger back in the locker room Wednesday, even if he was hobbling around on crutches with a massive brace on his right knee.
“My wife is getting sick of me,” he said. “She has to take care of me. We have a 3-month-old, too, so it’s like she’s got two babies to take care of right now. If you’re going to feel bad for anybody right now, feel bad for her.”
Turns out that he doesn’t believe the hit in Week 6 that sidelined him for the season was a dirty play. He was the one who engaged Philadelphia defensive end Darryl Tapp in a block, he said.
“I saw him kind of wheeling back to block me on the interception,” Lichtensteiger said Wednesday in his first interview since the injury. “And I knew he was going to try to hit me, so I’m like, ‘All right, I’m going to go hit him first.’ And as soon as I hit him, I planted awkwardly on it. He threw me right into it and torqued it inside.”
Lichtensteiger tore the ACL, MCL and medial and lateral meniscus in his right knee. Nasty stuff. “It all snapped inside,” he said. “My leg was kind of bent at a 90 degree angle to the inside.”
He is nine days removed from surgery. Doctors expect him to be healthy by June or July. His contract expires after this season, however, so he’ll have to convince the Redskins to give him a chance to reclaim his starting position.
“I felt like this was kind of my year to do big things, a contract year and everything,” he said. “It’s not great timing – not that there’s a good time for anything like this to happen. I guess I’m just going to try to look for the positives and know that hopefully if I can get back and get healthy, I’m sure I can by next year, and I’ll try to get that spot back.”
Former Redskins CB Carlos Rogers joined us on the teleconference Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s visit by the San Francisco 49ers. I love that guy. During my first two years on the beat, he wasn’t ever afraid to speak his mind. He’d needle the team’s front office during its most dysfunctional periods. He also was always willing to answer reporters’ questions about his drops or mental errors.
“I was kind of ready to get out of there,” Rogers said. “With the changing of coaches, once you miss [former defensive coordinator] Gregg [Williams] and coaches like Coach Gibbs, [former secondary coach] Jerry Gray, things just got a little different. I was just ready to go.”
Read more on Rogers’ return this week: here.