Head coach Mike Shanahan was involved in an on-field collision with cornerback Brandyn Thompson during Monday’s organized team activity inside the Redskins’ indoor practice facility.
Thompson plowed into Shanahan while covering a deep pass intended for wideout Pierre Garcon. Shanahan lay on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field under his own power. Team spokesman Tony Wyllie said Shanahan was “not in a condition” to talk to reporters after practice.
“It was pretty bad looking,” inside linebacker London Fletcher said. “Obviously concerned about his safety. He wasn’t able to brace himself for the collision, either. He had his back to the play, so definitely a very scary feeling for a while out there.”
Because of the rain in Ashburn on Monday, the Redskins held their first OTA of the offseason inside their new practice bubble. With 90 players on the roster, Shanahan prefers to use two fields for practice, but there’s only one inside the bubble.
So Shanahan was caught looking at one half of of the field near the right hashmark at the 40-yard line when Thompson barreled into him coming from the other side of midfield.
Trainers and players raced to attend to Shanahan. The scene was frantic for a few moments. A cart drove onto the field, but Shanahan did not use it.
“He showed some toughness,” quarterback Robert Griffin III light-heartedly said. “That’s a [benchmark] of our team.
“It was pretty scary, actually, seeing two guys running full-speed smack dab into your coach. We’re glad he got up, glad he was fine. We hope he’s fine tomorrow because usually hits like that don’t kick in until the next day.”