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Portis and Torain still sore, McNabb not full speed

By Barry Svrluga

Injured Redskins running backs Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain both practiced Wednesday, though Coach Mike Shanahan said both were sore - and that Torain's injured hamstring held him back more than expected.

"Ryan was a little bit more sore than I thought he would be," Shanahan said. "Didn't get a lot of reps; said it was a little tight."

Both return specialist Chad Simpson and newly signed James Davis, who is on the practice squad for now, took reps as the Redskins began preparations for Monday night's game against Philadelphia. Neither Simpson nor Davis has a carry this season.

Portis said Tuesday in a radio interview that his groin was sore after he worked out Monday. Shanahan added that Portis must work his way back into football shape before he takes the field in competition.

"He said he feels improved," Shanahan said. "I think he's still a little sore, pushing a little bit. We'll get the reps during the week, and get a better feel as the week goes on."

Asked if Portis was ahead of Torain, Shanahan said: "It's hard to tell. With the seriousness of the groin injury that Clinton has, it takes a while to get back in shape, recover and go through the soreness that he's going through right now. It's hard to tell."

Shanahan also said that quarterback Donovan McNabb's hamstring injuries - which, apparently, played a factor in his preparation in the hurry-up offense and led to his benching in the final two minutes of an Oct. 31 loss at Detroit - had improved, according to head trainer Larry Hess. But Shanahan couldn't say whether McNabb would be well enough to run the two-minute offense in practice yet.

"But by no means is he full-speed yet," Shanahan said. "As we go later on in the week, I'll get a feel exactly where he's at, but right now I can't tell you if he could go full-speed."

By Barry Svrluga  | November 10, 2010; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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Meanwhile, there was a rally on the mall today...

Reps for Rex... Reps for Rex.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Portis and Torain still sore, McNabb not full speed

By Barry Svrluga | November 10, 2010; 3:46 PM ET

Whatever...good thing we had that bye week to rest up!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 10, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/te

I been reading a lot of posts regarding F Davis' hands. I wanted to see his "success rate" (ie % of pass caught to that thrown). According to FO it seems as if Davis has a catch rate of 69% (Cooley 64%). Moreover, Davis ranks 4th in DOVA (meaning his value per play compared to other TEs). Cooley ranks 34th. I'm not saying that Davis is a better TE than Cooley, he's not as good a blocker or route runner. However, what I'm saying is to get Davis more touches in games. He stepped up last year. I suspect he'd do it again.

Posted by: TWISI | November 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

More built in excuses.....I think he is lying, though, about Torrain....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Shanahan also said that quarterback Donovan McNabb's hamstring injuries - which, apparently, played a factor in his preparation in the hurry-up offense and led to his benching in the final two minutes of an Oct. 31 loss at Detroit - had improved, according to head trainer Larry Hess. But Shanahan couldn't say whether McNabb would be well enough to run the two-minute offense in practice yet."


Are we really going with that cardiovascular endurance excuse again? A guy with 12 years in the league has to do this in practice every week or you'll pull him from the game? Let it go, Shanny, that excuse doesn't make sense.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

More Shanahan injury misinformation. I wish the once I could trust what the guy said was accurate. The only thing we can be sure of is John Riggins is definitely out for Monday night's game.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse


I'm not saying that Davis is a better TE than Cooley, he's not as good a blocker or route runner. However, what I'm saying is to get Davis more touches in games. He stepped up last year. I suspect he'd do it again.

Posted by: TWISI | November 10, 2010 4:00 PM |

twisi, if by this years end FD86 is about where he is now, do you give him another year or move on ?

Posted by: hessone | November 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

'right now I can't tell you if he(McNabb) could go full speed'

Great, maybe sexy Rexy will run all 2 minute drills until D-Mac is up to it.

Posted by: cosmofla | November 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

More Shanahan injury misinformation. I wish the once I could trust what the guy said was accurate.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 10, 2010 4:08 PM

Yep...and next up BB playing monday...sure he is.

Beeps

Posted by: PlayAction | November 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

hessone if Davis get more passes his way, and performs with below average results, then I think the team should trade him sooner than later to max. his trade value. the thing is, I think some believe Davis is under performing now, because his mistakes are more pronounced by his lack of opportunity. I believe that with more experience in the flow of the offense Davis will be a solid #2 TE.

Posted by: TWISI | November 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't that bafoon Shanny trade for P Hillis in the offseason? Didn't Shanny draft Hillis in Denver? They gave Denver B Quinn. Brady Quinn?? If that was the case we could have gotten a pick and Hillis for Campbell..WTF!!

Posted by: digger76 | November 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's the "Baghdad Bob" of the NFL. You can't believe a word that man says, especially about injuries.

Posted by: owiz | November 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's the "Baghdad Bob" of the NFL. You can't believe a word that man says, especially about injuries.

Posted by: owiz | November 10, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

More Shanahan injury misinformation. I wish the once I could trust what the guy said was accurate. The only thing we can be sure of is John Riggins is definitely out for Monday night's game.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 10, 2010 4:08 PM |

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Careful, RedSkinHead, that's not EXACTLY what he said. Read carefully:

"But by no means is he full-speed yet," [...] "right now I can't tell you if he could go full-speed."

See that? He's NOT full speed by any stretch, but in the same breath, he reveals he doesn't know if he's full speed.

If I had to guess, I'd bet Shanaredfacepsychoman is gonna actually start Riggo on Monday Night. And don't be surprised to see Rex Grossman come in on goal line packages as a TD specialist.

Somebody please tell me what is making that man's head so red. It looks like you could fry an egg on his face. The guy is like a walking space heater! It's amazing he's got any eyebrows left!

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 11, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

How can one expect McNabb's hamstrings to magically heal within a week if he's been beaten and battered all season? Shanahan's laying the groundwork to pull Mac5 if necessary. I don't understand the fascination with Rex Grossman. Kyle's man crush on Rex will his downfall. SMH

Posted by: Neisha_H | November 11, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What Shanahan needs to do is
1. Call plays to get the ball out of DM's hand quickly
2. Screen passes to slow down the rush.
3.Change the snap count.
4.Baby Shanahan has to be 3-4
plays ahead of the defense
5.Make adjustments.

Posted by: SPIDER963 | November 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, folks...but I do not believe a word that Shanahan says. The only controvery is how much he is going to protect and cover for his son!

Posted by: alr47 | November 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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