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Team hopes Brandon Banks will be back in 2-3 weeks

By Jason Reid

The Redskins will miss dynamic rookie returner Brandon Banks, who underwent knee surgery last week, but the team was eager to have his knee repaired as soon as possible, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park.

Banks is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks after injuring his knee in the 37-25 loss to Detroit in Week 8. An MRI exam last Tuesday revealed a meniscus tear. Banks traveled to Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday to meet with renowned orthopedist James Andrews, who recommended immediate surgery.

"I really don't know" how long he'll be out, Shanahan said. "Usually, it takes two to three weeks, and we'll just kind of see how he heals."

In the first eight games, Banks ranked second in the league with 234 yards on punt returns and third with a 13.8-yard average. Banks's 27.3-yard average on kickoff returns ranks seventh in the NFL.

The Redskins wasted Banks's outstanding effort in their loss to the Lions at Ford Field, which closed the first half of their season. During the team's final game before the break, Banks averaged 35.5 yards on six kickoff returns, had a 96-yard touchdown and another long touchdown return nullified by a penalty.

"You always hate to lose a great player, especially a guy that's been making plays like he has," Shanahan said. "But when Dr. Andrews talked to Brandon about the knee, he said, 'Hey, my recommendation is 'get it taken care of right now. And if you get it taken care of right now, then there's a chance you'll get back quickly'."

Nickel cornerback Phillip Buchanon, whom Banks supplanted as the primary punt returner earlier this season, probably would handle punts Nov. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. Running back Chad Simpson could be the team's primary kickoff returner against Philadelphia.

By Jason Reid  | November 8, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Special teams  
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sounds like chad simpson, keiland williams, philip buchanon, and maybe terrance austin will be returning kicks for two weeks...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow J-Reid great work how mnay different ways can you post the same thing, this is your 3rd shot at this same post. I hope you get paid by the article, because if your getting paid for the content then you will be broke soon.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

My prediction for our Offense next year.

Qb: Mc5, Dennis Dixon, T. Jackson, a rookie, Purple drank, or Beck.

RB: Torian, James Davis and a rookie.

O line: Trent, Mankins, a rookie, a rookie/free agent, and Jammal.

Wr: Julio Jones, MK12, Santana, and Armstrong.

TE: Cooley and Davis

Posted by: roccoskins | November 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Stick that in your library and book it.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 8, 2010 3:38 PM |

I guess you don't pay much attention to the stuff you write. The Skins would be lucky to land Cam Newton in the draft. Dude is a beast. He is more like Vick 2.0 with size (Vick isn't actually very big at all). All the guy did was go to an average JUCO team and single-handedly lead them to the Nat'l Champoinship.

Newton has oodles of talent and is going to be a star in the NFL early in his career. Not sure why you'd compare a player of CNewtown's caliber to JaMucus Guzzle if you actually knew the diffy.

The gig is up on Norvous. At the very most, he is an OC but then that's the Red Jesus so no go for Turner.

I like my guess of Harbaugh. He's a card carrying badazz. I loved when I heard that Jim Kelly insulted him in an interview when Harbaugh was a player (Colts?) and Harbaugh busted Kelly in his fat face. Awesome. That's what Jerruh wants.

Outside of that longshot guess, how can Gruden NOT be in the mix?

I don't see the Chin doing anything in Dall-ass.

Maybe Brad Chilly will come down with 50 year old Brett Favre or maybe Wayne Fontes.

It will probably be some long ago roomate of Jerruh's that's one of the only people he can trust.

Bring back Jimmy Johnson. He's a survivor! AHhahahhahaha!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

In January 2009, Newton transferred to Blinn College in Texas where he threw the ball to standout wide receiver Bola Omisanya. That fall he led his team to the 2009 NJCAA National Football Championship.[4] His head coach at Blinn College was Brad Franchione, son of Dennis Franchione. For the 2010 recruiting season, Newton was ranked the number one QB from either high school or junior college by, and he was their only 5-star QB recruit.[5][6][7] Newton was hotly contested for, particularly, between Auburn and Mississippi State.[8] On December 31, 2009 he committed to Auburn.

Newton started the first game of Auburn's season, a home victory over Arkansas State on September 4, 2010. Newton accounted for 5 total offensive touchdowns and over 350 yards of total offense. He was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance.[9]

Three weeks later Newton had a second break-out game with 5 total touchdowns and over 330 total offensive yards against the South Carolina Gamecocks. "That's a great SEC win against a really, really good football team. I can't be more proud of our guys," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "I thought we had a good pace going on," Newton said.[10]

On October 2, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 52-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He completed three touchdown passes, one of which went for 94 yards. It was the longest touchdown pass and offensive play in Auburn football history. On October 9, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 37-34 victory over Kentucky. He passed for 210 yards and rushed for 198 yards including 4 rushing touchdowns. On October 16, 2010, during the Arkansas game, Newton ran for three touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass.[11] Following these performances, media reports began to list Newton among the top 5 candidates to watch for the Heisman Trophy.[12][13]

On October 23, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 24-17 victory over the LSU Tigers. He rushed for 217 yards in the game which gave him 1,077 yards for the season and set the SEC record for yards rushing in a season by a quarterback --a record that stood for over 40 years-- and became just the second quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in the conference's history. He also broke Pat Sullivan's school record for most touchdowns in a single season --a record that has stood since 1971-- with 27. Both of these records were broken on the same play: a 49-yard touchdown run in which Newton escaped two tackles, corrected himself with his arm, eluded two additional tackles, and dragged a defender into the endzone for the touchdown. The play was described as Newton's "Heisman moment". [14][15][16] Auburn got its first #1 overall BCS ranking and Newton is being listed as the favorite for the Heisman.[17]

This guy is going to KILL IT.

Book that sh*t!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope he can exercise during his rehab... I'd hate to see him balloon up to 155 or 160 lbs!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I had a MRI for same thing earlier today.. WTF! Except i got mine running to the subway...SMH

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Fowl -- I think your call on Harbaugh is a good one. I suspect jerruh isn't going to get a retread and none of the big names will want to have jerruh for a GM. He blew it with parcells.

Harbaugh is coming to the NFL soon enough, his brother is a success in B'more. Two Stanford HC that became pro HC -- Dennis Green and Bill Walsh.

Harbaugh won't be a guy who wants to be GM and he's a very aggressive motivator.

Me, I'm hoping jerruh hires norv. I think the team that hires Harbaugh will be glad they did.

If I had to go off the wall on a HC pick for dallas, I'd go with Rob Ryan, the DC in Cle. He coached for Al Davis and he's wildly intense guy who's overachieved.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

im also recovering from a broken collar bone. i cant decide which is more pathetic, the truth which is an injury from playing softball with 12 year old girls . Or being qb for the cow girls

Posted by: dayman2420 | November 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope he can exercise during his rehab... I'd hate to see him balloon up to 155 or 160 lbs!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 8, 2010 4:30 PM |

That's F-ing hilarious!


Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Reid, let me fix that Banks's for ya, should be Banks' according to my 4th grade grammar teacher.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope he can exercise during his rehab... I'd hate to see him balloon up to 155 or 160 lbs!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 8, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Andrews did a bang-up job on Jordan Zimmerman's elbow!

Too bad he can't get Strasburg back in 2-3 weeks, as well.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

There's a great return man who plays with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Marcus Thigpen.


Skins should grab him if the Ti-cats will let him go.

Posted by: DFi4487 | November 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

There's a great return man who plays with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Marcus Thigpen.


Skins should grab him if the Ti-cats will let him go.

Posted by: DFi4487 | November 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Santana Moss used to return for the Redskins? God, it was exciting to watch him do that!

Posted by: ug_boy | November 10, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

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