RICHMOND—Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t mind canceling Saturday’s practice after a severe thunderstorm drenched the fields at the team’s training center shortly before the scheduled 2 p.m. start.
The Redskins collectively are banged up after Thursday night’s 22-21 preseason win over Tennessee. Sunday’s scheduled off day gives the team a two-day break to recover following Friday’s cardiovascular and strength workouts.
“I think the guy upstairs kind of took care of me today because I wasn’t really sure about practicing today,” Shanahan said. “I thought we were a little sore as a football team. We needed a little bit more rest. So I’m kind of glad that this happened, to be honest with you. We’ve been practicing extremely hard. We’ve got a lot of bumps and bruises. We’ve had more guys on the injury report today than we’ve had all season. A number of guys were going to be out. So we’ve got plenty of practice time next week.”
Safety Phillip Thomas will miss a few days because the middle of his left foot is sore. When Titans running back Shonn Greene tried to run Thomas over during the first half, Thomas fell backward with his foot awkwardly underneath him. Diagnostic tests lead the Redskins to believe Thomas’ foot is not fractured, nor does he have a Lisfranc injury.
Veteran receiver Donte Stallworth might miss next Monday’s game against Pittsburgh in order to rest the ailing left hamstring that has affected him for more than a week.
“You could see it was bothering him during the game, both on special teams, as well as offense, but he tried to play through it,” Shanahan said. “I thought he did a good job, but we’re going to make sure that thing heals up. So we’re not going to push him too quickly. Once it heals up, then he’ll get a chance to play. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play next week with the proper rest for that hamstring. Hopefully he’ll be ready for Buffalo [on Aug. 24]. That’s my guess.”
An injured Stallworth, after all, is of no use to a receiving corps that needs the depth he provides.
Tight end Jordan Reed, whose foot injury is similar to Thomas’, would not have practiced Saturday, Shanahan said.
“They took the boot off,” Shanahan said. “He’s feeling better today. I’ll let you know day by day exactly where he’s at.”
The timetable for linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough’s return from a separated right shoulder should be clearer next week, Shanahan said.
Saturday’s cancellation does not affect quarterback Robert Griffin III’s practice timeline for next week, Shanahan said.
“Monday will be just like a normal two-session like we have been going through,” Shanahan said. “Like I shared with you after the game: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be like a normal Wednesday, Thursday, Friday during the season. Then Friday will be like an extra day for us for game planning. It will be good. We’ve got plenty of time to practice and to get done what we need to get done.”