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Posted at 1:42 PM ET, 11/26/2010

Shanahan expects Rabach, Hicks to play; Moss to be game-time decision

By Rick Maese

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he expects injured offensive linemen Casey Rabach and Artis Hicks to play Sunday against Minnesota, but he called wide receiver Santana Moss a game-time decision.

Shanahan said Moss sat out Thursday's practice because his knee was sore. The coach said Moss's knee felt better at Friday's practice, but he still wouldn't know until Sunday whether Moss could play against the Vikings.

Hicks missed the team's game at Tennessee and Rabach suffered an MCL tear in the first quarter, but both practiced on Thursday and Friday and coaches are helpful they'll be able to play against the Vikings.

"I believe so, if there's no setback," Shanahan said. "Just got to evaluate where they're at at game time."

Shanahan has ruled out running back Ryan Torain and safety LaRon Landry and says several other players will be game-time decisions, including linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Rocky McIntosh and cornerback Carlos Rogers. After missing Wednesday's practice, Alexander and McIntosh were limited on Thursday. Rogers was limited both Wednesday and Thursday.

"You have guys that practiced today -- are they going to be full speed?" Shanahan said. "If they do play, can they play the whole game? Are you going to put them in there for five, 10 plays and there's a setback and you've got to go with your second-, third-teamer. So you've got to make a decision about what gives you the best chance to win. That's what we'll decide over the next 48 hours before game time."

By Rick Maese  | November 26, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
Categories:  Casey Rabach, Mike Shanahan, Santana Moss  
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Shanahan expects Rabach, Hicks to play; NNOOOOOOO!

Posted by: s22312 | November 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Rabach on 1 good leg? You just know that nothing good is coming from that...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 26, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Whoever plays center just has to stop stepping on McNabbs feet.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 26, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

And oh yeah, to Ryan of Sunday's Winner .. its bad enough you play a 'puke in your FF lineup, but to get all those darn FF points on miles austin's TD when the refs missed an blatant holding call. That is weak.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

So you've got to make a decision about what gives you the best chance to win. That's what we'll decide over the next 48 hours before game time."

Mike Shanahan


Shanahan has not made good decisions regarding injured players so I am a little weary about this. Hope he does not plan on Rabach and Hicks and have back up linemen inactive thus leaving us thin on OL when both these two dudes can't finish the game.

Do the right thing here coach and sit both of them this week.

Also, would hate to go into the game with AA, JG and RW at receiver. Time to bring up TA and cut JG or RW.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 26, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm still groggy from the tryptophan (sp?)!

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan has not made good decisions regarding injured players so I am a little weary about this.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 26, 2010 2:04 PM


Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that you have 8 offensive linemen on the 53-man roster: Williams, Lichtenstieger, Rabach, Hicks, Brown, Heyer, Montgomery, and Dockery. I don't recall what Dock's status is but Hicks and Rabach are nicked and playing because you can't cut them or IR them and bring in guys off the practice squad or street. Or Shanny can't; we probablly would.

So I would suspect to see Rabach and Hicks on the active 45 and depending on their health they will back-up the back-ups in hopes that they can rest another week and cross your fingers that a back-up dosen't get hurt.

It's a crummy plan but that's how it is when you have injuries in one position. The same has been going on in running back the last several weeks and now safety too. Another reason you can't keep perpetually injured players on the roster.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Rogers v. Favre? Think of all the potential interceptions he could drop.

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | November 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

bangkongben was right until the end. That is what happens when you have old players and don't care about the quality of the second-string.

Posted by: jhough1 | November 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 2:27 PM |

whoops...wary...p1funk was weary...

and beeps

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree TheBoreaucrat.....@the rogers statement..he needs to practice with a volleyball team for a week so he either bump or set a football headed his way toward D hall or Moore...I hate to say it but i'd honestly prefer Horton in over Reed (I kno he's hurt) bc Reed is seeming lost out there...last week he spun around at safety like a merry go round on a simple shade zone with noone behind him..luckily it was a drop, but reed is lost as a coverage S>.I like his open field tackling and his ST plays but as far as being in a zone its a waste..have him blitz or cover the flats bc it's a waste of a player 20 yds deep for him to stand back there and be too slow to react to a throw..LL is the biggest setback of all bc Farve's close your eyes and throw method will be easier to pull off with our head hunter outta the game

Posted by: DGreen28BestEver | November 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Santana out is NOT a good thing at all....

Posted by: charley42 | November 26, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Ever had a torn MCL? No way you can be effective playing with that. The back-up didn't do badly last game. Why waste an active roster spot with Rabach?

Posted by: DCUnited2 | November 26, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Rabach is the worst center ever when he's healthy, now they're letting him play with 1 knee??? Seriously?? HE'S THE WORST EVER! I hope they're rolling D-Mac and running outside because it's open season up the middle! Oh, did I mention RABACH IS THE WORST EVER??

Posted by: Toochilled | November 26, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Love the passing game today but hope it's being used to set up the run...can't get away from the run as we will need it today at some point to keep Farve off the field...

Posted by: pentagon40 | November 28, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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