The Redskins will decide Saturday whether they need to replace injured punter Sav Rocca for Sunday’s road game against the New York Giants, coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.
Rocca “tweaked” his knee while running during Thursday’s practice, Shanahan said.
The Redskins will choose a possible replacement from three punters that auditioned Friday. Rocca is scheduled to test his knee Saturday. The Redskins will then decide whether to make a roster move.
Rocca also is the holder for field goals and extra points. If he can’t play Sunday, either the new punter or backup quarterback Kirk Cousins would hold against the Giants, Shanahan said. Cousins was the backup holder for his entire career at Michigan State, and he has taken practice repetitions as a holder with the Redskins.
Shanahan gave no indication of whether Rocca will be able to play.
“Hope so,” he said.
If Rocca is replaced, the Redskins would have a different kicker, holder and long snapper from the trio that began the season.
Second-year punter Chas Henry was one of the players who tried out Friday. He averaged 48.5 yards on 16 punts in Philadelphia’s first three games this season before being waived Sept. 25. He played in all 16 games for the Eagles as a rookie last season.
Rocca has averaged 44.6 yards on 30 punts this season. He ranks 25th in the NFL in gross punting average.