- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2011

A day off wasn’t enough for quarterback John Beck’s injured groin to fully heal. He sat out team drills during the Redskins’ practice on Monday morning, and his status for Friday’s preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt.

“It’d be nice if it didn’t happen, but now it’s just make sure it doesn’t get worse,” Beck said after practice. “That’s the big thing.”

Beck’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, and whether he can fully participate in practice is being evaluated on a daily basis. Still, it temporarily saps some of the intrigue from his competition for the starting job against Rex Grossman.

Grossman took most of the snaps with the first-string offense on Monday while Beck watched. Beck did throw to receivers during one-on-one drills, in which he did not have to face a pass rush.

“I can drop back when I don’t have to react to a movement and stuff like that,” Beck said. “I think that’s why coach kept me out of the team stuff. To have a quick movement or something might [hurt] it again.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he will decide on Wednesday how to divide playing time in Friday’s game. Beck hopes to be ready but isn’t sure if he will be.

“It’s tough, because I want to go out there and take all my reps and compete,” he said “but I’ve got to be smart at the same time, especially with something like this.”