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Posted at 3:32 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Brandon Banks's surgery has provided mixed returns

By Rick Maese

During the Redskins' bye week, Brandon Banks, the team's top punt and kick returner, had surgery on his knee. His performance since that surgery has been inconsistent, and the statistics seem to bear that out. But Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says it's difficult to draw a direct correlation.

Banks' kick return numbers haven't changed signficantly. He was averaging 27.3 yards per kick return before the surgery and 24.3 in the six games since. But on punt returns, Banks was averaging 13.8 yards before the bye week and is averaging just 7.8 since. His longest returns of the season were all before the surgery: a 96-yard kickoff return and punt returns of 53, 35 and 30 yards.

"It's hard to tell," Shanahan said. "It all depends on what type of surface you're playing on. At times he doesn't look like he's lost anything. At other times, it looks like it's bothered him a hair. So we'll just have to wait and see. But I could tell he was different today."

Banks has been listed on the injury report several times since the surgery because of a sore knee. He missed practice Thursday, and Shanahan said he's doubtful for Sunday's game at Jacksonville. On the depth chart, Byron Westbrook is listed as the backup kick returner, and Phillip Buchanon is the No. 2 punt returner.

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks  
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Comments

Banks is a player because he is so darn quick. Lose that, even a hair, and he becomes pretty ordinary.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Just hit me that we have an AA, a BB, AND a CC on the team...interesting.

Have a great holiday peeps!

Posted by: PlayAction | December 23, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We have a DD on the IR too.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, not IR just not playing much.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Sit him! Call up Terrance Austin! We're gonna need Banks...

It's intersting...I remember seeing Banks at training camp and was like...there's no way this kid makes the team.

Good move Shanny...most "fans" have amnesia and have forgotten Antwaan Randle-El, who was an absolute joke. He's not doing that crap in Pittsburg because they wouldn't tolerate it!

Posted by: rickyroge | December 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

We have a DD on the IR too.

Posted by: TheScamp75

Takes a big Lichtensteiger to outplay a DD

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget, Skins have a GG and a JJ too.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll see your AA, BB, CC, & DD and raise you three dudes named "Williams". Our roster may be too old and lacking talent...but damn if it isn't interesting.

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 23, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all you Hamsters out there.

A simple request to all:

Please remember our troops who are still overseas and cant be home with their families, and realize how lucky we truly have it.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | December 23, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Those numbers are also skewed because of that bulls hit call in the vikings game!! I'm still not done being pissed about that one. The guys career will be short lived anyway he's just too small to play in this league.

Posted by: skins91r | December 23, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Banks has the potential to be special - it would be tragic if his career was cut short due to an injury in a meaningless game when he could have been letting his knee heal.

Good decision, Shanahan.

Posted by: KellyInBC | December 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

He should never have been rushed back so soon. These Shannahan's have got to go.
We're still going nowhere. Fast.

Posted by: ridgely1 | December 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe no one has mentioned LL.

I wonder what his stats would be if a couple of his big returns hadn't gotten called back for penalties...

Posted by: MrDumberton | December 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

No one gets knee surgery and performs as well at any time in the next calendar YEAR. He did it to save his job and keep his contract. He knows that a kick returner stays around because he plays, not because he's oft injured. So he's salvaged his position on the team and made some probably much–needed money in the interim. He'll be pretty much good as new next year, assuming he doesn't need more surgery after playing on it that last half of the season.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | December 23, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Austin at PR and/or KR. I would think he has been practicing this unless they made WR his whole focus for now.

Posted by: artsnsportz | December 24, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

I question this article. After all, two of his 50+ yard runs were called back for penalties. Of course his average is down.

Posted by: crs-one | December 25, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I question this article. After all, two of his 50+ yard runs were called back for penalties. Of course his average is down.

Posted by: crs-one | December 25, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I question this article. After all, two of his 50+ yard runs were called back for penalties. Of course his average is down.

Posted by: crs-one | December 25, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Is is just me or does it seem like anytime Banks gets a really big return it is called back and, if he gets tackled by the facemask and gets totally turned around by it, the officials did not see it.

Posted by: rpm2nite | December 25, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

He should never have been rushed back so soon. These Shannahan's have got to go.
We're still going nowhere. Fast.

Posted by: ridgely1 | December 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Dude, you need to go. If were not for Shanny Banks would be on someone elses team, probably the patriots. I'm sorry you are used to the snyder way, high priced free agents that dont produce.

Instead of going another year with a poor second rounder in Devon Thomas he created another star in Anthony Armstrong.

FYi Jason, Banks average has gone down cause people are punting away from him.

Ridgely would you and every fair weather fan do us a favor and find another team. I believe Shanny is making hard decisions to change the culture from a losing one to a winning one, not a whining one.

Posted by: rodskin | December 25, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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