- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tight end Chris Cooley’s sore knee will keep him out of the Washington Redskins’ preseason opener on Friday night, but quarterback John Beck still has not been ruled out.

Given that Beck was limited in practice Wednesday morning and hasn’t fully practiced since straining his groin on Saturday, it seems highly unlikely that he would play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field. However, Shanahan left open the possibility that Beck might.

“I think he is getting a little bit better,” Shanahan said. “He looked better today, but we’re not going to play him unless he feels like he’s close to 100 percent.”

Beck said his groin felt better Wednesday than the previous two days but wouldn’t say whether he will play.

“[Shanahan] is holding the decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cooley’s ailing left knee kept him out of practice again Wednesday.

“There is concern,” Shanahan said. “The knee is sore. He’s getting treatment, and hopefully he keeps on getting better.”

Receiver Malcolm Kelly (right foot) and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring) also did not practice. Neither has practiced this week.

Shanahan would not divulge how he will divide playing time among offensive and defensive players in Friday’s game, but he expects to have kickers Graham Gano and Shayne Graham alternate field goal attempts.

“That competition usually takes care of itself,” Shanahan said.

• Rich Campbell can be reached at rcampbell@washingtontimes.com.

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