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“I guarantee,” Shanahan said, “he will not be put on the practice squad the rest of this season.”

The same might soon be said of Banks. The Redskins had only 1 yard in punt returns for the entire season before the 53-yarder Sunday. He then had two more returns for 16 and 6 yards.

Banks mixed big-play ability with a knack for fumbling during the preseason. The undrafted rookie from Kansas State made the 53-man roster at the start of the regular season but was inactive for the first two weeks. Then he was demoted to the practice squad to make room for Torain just before the Rams game, then was promoted back to the main roster just before the Eagles game, having done enough work in practice to persuade Shanahan that the fumblitis had abated.

“A great motivating factor for a guy like Brandon,” Shanahan said, “is you tell him if he does fumble it, he’s cut.”

Shanahan smiled after saying that, but that’s no joke for a player who a week ago was watching the game on TV.

“Once I got back,” Banks said, “I made the best of it.”

Notes: Shanahan said McNabb was “not thinking” when the quarterback ran out of bounds at the end of an 18-yard run while the Redskins were trying to ice Sunday’s game in the final minutes. “If he had to do it over again, he would have slid there,” Shanahan said. McNabb hurt his quad on the play and was getting treatment Monday, but the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. … LT Trent Williams missed his second straight game with knee and toe injuries, but he looks set to return next week against Green Bay. “I would be surprised if he’s not ready to practice on Wednesday,” Shanahan said. … Shanahan said DL Albert Haynesworth had his best game of the season, playing about 30 plays and drawing a couple of holding calls. “The more he plays like that, the more he’ll play,” Shanahan said. … The Redskins are tied for first place in the NFC East at 2-2, but their 2-0 record in division games gives them an early advantage over the three other teams. “If you win your division, you’re guaranteed a home playoff game,” Shanahan said. “What better way to start the postseason that with a game in your backyard?” … The Redskins are outscoring teams 60-27 in the first half, but they’re getting outscored 52-13 after halftime.