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“It took him a couple weeks to get back in football shape,” Shanahan said. “The hand was quite sore. Right now I don’t think it bothers him at all.”

Torain averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season, so he is an option for Shanahan if Hightower can’t get rolling. Rookie Roy Helu carried once in the opener.

Grossman seeks consistency

The quality of quarterback Rex Grossman’s play during his 2006 Super Bowl season in Chicago sometimes swung wildly from game to game. For example, he sandwiched passer ratings of 101.2 and 137.4 around a 10.2 rating in Games 5 through 7 that year.

So the question is whether the Redskins should be prepared for a similar roller coaster following his strong game against the Giants last week. Mike Shanahan believes he knows what to expect from Grossman each game.

“You try to get him ready because you never know exactly what a defense is going to do. … But how a quarterback gains trust is the way he performs in practice every day,” he said.

Slowik family reunion

Sunday’s game is a reunion of sorts for the Slowik family. Defensive backs coach Bob Slowik and his son, Bobby, a defensive assistant, will be on the Redskins‘ sideline. Bob’s son and Bobby’s brother, Ryan, is a defensive quality control coach for the Cardinals.

“I’ll be honest with you, I tried to talk them all out of [coaching],” Bob said. “This is a tough profession. There’s no security whatsoever. You’ve got to move all the time. You’ve got to be willing to go up and down levels. You might be in the NFL a year and the next year you could be at a I-AA [college] program or below. I said, ‘As long as you’re willing to accept that as part of the job and your career and you’re willing to make the sacrifices that go along with it, go ahead.’”


• Fullback Darrel Young was fined $15,000 by the NFL for an illegal blindside block against the New York. Giants safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips were fined $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, for hits against Redskins tight end Fred Davis. …

• The following Redskins are listed as questionable for the game despite fully participating in practice this week: Returner Brandon Banks (knee), tight end Chris Cooley (knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (back), receiver Donté Stallworth (shoulder) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (hand).

• Tight end Logan Paulsen is questionable with a hamstring injury. He was not listed on Thursday’s injury report. Linebacker Keyaron Fox (back) is probable.