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Donovan McNabb resting, as Malcolm Kelly returns

Quarterback Donovan McNabb was not in pads and did not appear to be participating in practice with his teammates Monday. He did take part in team stretches and did not appear to be favoring his ankle at any point, though he did wear a protective sleeve on the lower half of his left leg.

Monday also marked the return of receiver Malcolm Kelly to practice. Kelly had been sidelined since the first day of training camp with a sore hamstring. He was participating in position drills and hopes to play in Thursday's game at Arizona.

Running back Clinton Portis also attended practice without pads and did not appear to be favoring his sprained ankle.

The only players who were not present were receiver Joey Galloway, tight end Dennis Morris and safety Kareem Moore. We'll ask about Galloway and Morris after practice.

Linebacker Perry Riley (ankle) was doing sidework and was not participating.

Today in the Tailgate Zone: Who should be Clinton Portis's backup at running back?

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By Rick Maese  |  August 30, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Donovan McNabb , Malcolm Kelly  
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Not trying to be first, just the BEST.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Beantown

"I think J Jarmon makes it on the other end..."


And so, they are in the war room asking, "Jeremy Jarmon or Rob Jackson?"

Maybe you let some other vet go in the name of maintaining youth.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Donovan McNabb resting, as Malcolm Kelly returns"

Can we really call it a "return" if he's never really played? Just sayin'...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be a kick in the nutz if Galloway was released.

Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse


Donovan McNabb is "resting"? Oh. OK. I'm sure his ankle is just fine.

Posted by: Skinz4Lyfe | August 30, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you let some other vet go in the name of maintaining youth.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:45 AM


Doesn't seem like the Shanahan Way...seems like he means it when he says the best 53 make the team...regardless of age, draft position, or tenure.

Which I couldn't agree with more.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

So, MK injured his hammy during McNabb's "hell week", right? And that caused him to miss the entire training camp?

Wow.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 30, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

In a startling development at Redskins park there was a false alarm today in Ashburn. It was chaos in the morning. Asked what happened Lorenzo Alexander quoted that it sounded like someone just started shooting and everyone just kind of hit the ground and scrambling for cover.

After the loud noise stopped it was discovered that in fact it was not a shooting at all but Malcom Kelly's knee's and hamstrings popping all at the same time. Malcom Kelly was not available for comment for this post but was seen crawling off the field.

More on this story later

Posted by: GreatOne1 | August 30, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

twisi

"Wouldn't that be a kick in the nutz if Galloway was released."

The kick in the nutz might be MK making the team while R Williams, B Wade, or S Hodge gets cut.

Those guys will leave camp thinking, "So I bust my hump and some guy who didn't practice or play in a preseason game gets the job I wanted because all he is, is 'potential'..."

"Sheeeeez.....they can kick me all they want."

"But not with a steel-toe boot like that."

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't seem like the Shanahan Way...seems like he means it when he says the best 53 make the team...regardless of age, draft position, or tenure.

Which I couldn't agree with more.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 11:49 AM

Unfortunately, Shanahan (post-Elway) seemed to experience more than his share of late-season meltdowns in Denver.

Sometimes, youth & draft position (potential) means players will recover from injuries faster and get better as the season goes along.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hi all, I read alot here but very very rarely comment. Was hoping to get some insight because I live in Seattle and don't have NFL Network, so I haven't been able to see any of the Skins preseason games.

I'm just curious, who has impressed out of the WR's and which ones do you think will make the roster? All I know is what the media puts out there and I tend to take that with a grain of salt...

Thanks in advance!

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | August 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, youth & draft position (potential) means players will recover from injuries faster and get better as the season goes along.


Posted by: Alan4 | August 30, 2010 11:57 AM


Which means nothing to me of those younger guys can't play as well as the older guys. I mean, isn't the "I'd rather have a guy play great for 14 games than play mediocre for 16" mindset the reason why we have guys like Portis and Haynesworth on the team?

Obviously not advocating for or slamming either guy with that remark, but we're not talking about the starters here. We're talking about depth guys. The pros and cons weigh about even when comparing backup vets/young guys, IMO.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

WazzuBrian1,

Santana has looked good as well as Anthony Armstrong. Joey Galloway made some nice catches in the last game and Terence Austin has had a few as well but nothing that stands out.

Cooley has looked good - although he dropped a pass last week (as did Santana).

Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Two major concerns have to be the inability to run the ball and stop the run.

It's only be 3 preseason games but they're ranked 25th in rushing while only averaging 2.9 YPC and ranked 31st defending the run while giving 5.7 YPC.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

if the choice is between Jarmon or Jackson - I say let Phillip Daniels go. Keep the youngsters and cut loose the graybeard. Choose between Daniels and Holliday to decide who to let go.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Donovan resting is fine with me........

They don't want him taking any more hits before dallas cuz he's gonna start

If kelly keeps his hammy in check till sept 8 he could make the team

Wrs will be.....moss,thomas,armstrong,kelly,austin,banks

Rbs will be... portis, torrian, williams

Traded is....... ACarter to a 4/3 team for a 4th

Cut is....... wade, galloway

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Donovan resting is fine with me........

They don't want him taking any more hits before dallas cuz he's gonna start

If kelly keeps his hammy in check till sept 8 he could make the team

Wrs will be.....moss,thomas,armstrong,kelly,austin,banks

Rbs will be... portis, torrian, williams

Traded is....... ACarter to a 4/3 team for a 4th

Cut is....... wade, galloway

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 30, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Banks has the one thing you can't coach. You can train a guy not to drop the ball (Byner, Portis)... but you can't train a guy to run like the wind.

Return man, last receiver. That's my guess.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 30, 2010 10:03 AM

Cliche day on RI? And you got the cliche wrong, Dik. Because Banks lacks the other one thing that you can't coach: size. Dude is too small to make in the NFL. Practice squad. If he grows four, five inches, then they'll move him up.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 30, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else think watching the jets game that there were a surprising number of receivers open downfield? I have a good feeling about big plays this year.

Posted by: zjenks | August 30, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


Sometimes, youth & draft position (potential) means players will recover from injuries faster and get better as the season goes along.


Posted by: Alan4 | August 30, 2010 11:57 AM

This "young guy" MK is not a fast healer obviously, so rule that one out as well. Gone first cut.


Posted by: hessone | August 30, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Also cut is johnson n parker

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 30, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else think watching the jets game that there were a surprising number of receivers open downfield? I have a good feeling about big plays this year.

Posted by: zjenks | August 30, 2010 12:23 PM

May not happen every week. Jets are missing their #1 corner, Revis. If he'd been there the game would have been different.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 30, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Two major concerns have to be the inability to run the ball and stop the run.

It's only be 3 preseason games but they're ranked 25th in rushing while only averaging 2.9 YPC and ranked 31st defending the run while giving 5.7 YPC.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm very concerned about running the ball. How do we know if it's a problem with our geriatric RBs or if it's the run blocking or both?

Stopping the run should become a lot easier when we're not playing the Ravens and Jets and Haynesworth is starting.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | August 30, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Dude is too small to make in the NFL. Practice squad. If he grows four, five inches, then they'll move him up.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 30, 2010 12:21 PM


Dante Hall says hi. As does Darren Sproles, Steve Smith and any other player that was ever told they weren't big enough to play in the NFL.

Two things you can't coach: heart and speed. If he's got both and secure the ball even a little bit you keep him. Size shouldn't factor into the argument.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

^ I am more worried about stopping TEs and slot receivers then I am about stoping the run.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's only be 3 preseason games but they're ranked 25th in rushing while only averaging 2.9 YPC and ranked 31st defending the run while giving 5.7 YPC.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 30, 2010 12:12 PM

With all this talk of McNabb and the wides, I think this has gotten lost in the shuffle. If you can't stop the run, you ain't going far in this league. Defense at the LOS has been pathetic this summer.

Posted by: NYPDee | August 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Peeps want to keep Brandon banks over MK12? Shay Hodge? Bobby Wade? Seriously?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

... we're not talking about the starters here. We're talking about depth guys. The pros and cons weigh about even when comparing backup vets/young guys, IMO.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 12:06 PM

Your initial post says, " he says the best 53 make the team...regardless of age, draft position, or tenure".

So I thought we were talking starters and backups. As I said, I think you have to weigh youth and draft position when all else is pretty even.

That being said, there are exceptions. Malcolm Kelly could be considered an exception, but he actually has zero history of being healthy.


Posted by: Alan4 | August 30, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

beeps peeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 30, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This "young guy" MK is not a fast healer obviously, so rule that one out as well. Gone first cut.


Posted by: hessone | August 30, 2010 12:25 PM

He may be gone, but it won't be first cut. They've already said he's playing Thursday, and first cuts are tomorrow.

I'm really torn on whether to keep this kid. At least we seem to have some options this year, but have the sneaking suspicion MK will be a late bloomer once he learns how to be a pro.

Maybe a mysterious "tweak" on Thursday and an invite to IR is in order?

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Donavan is injury prone, Philly has known this for years, I wondered what the Redskins were thinking when they picked up this dude, we could have landed a young franchise stud, but we are once again in line for the number one pick next year.

Posted by: zimife1999 | August 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"I'm very concerned about running the ball. How do we know if it's a problem with our geriatric RBs or if it's the run blocking or both?"

I'm not. We ran pretty well against Buffalo, the Ravens and the Jets were nos. 1 and 4 in fewest yards per rushing attempt surrendered last season, and our O-line is trying to integrate three new starters. With time, some opponents with less formidable rushing defenses, and pruning some of the dead wood at RB (i.e., Johnson and/or Parker), our running game should turn out to be a strength, as it usually is with Shanahan's teams.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | August 30, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Donavan is injury prone, Philly has known this for years, I wondered what the Redskins were thinking when they picked up this dude, we could have landed a young franchise stud, but we are once again in line for the number one pick next year.
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He's injury prone because his protection usually sucks and he scrambles to make plays. Any QB is injury prone if you don't protect them and they try to make plays anyway.

Posted by: DrWho2 | August 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope Kelly enjoys his final week as a Redskin.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | August 30, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Would be ironinc if Galloway gets clipped on his one physical nemesis in his career - a bad hammy. He missed most of one season with a bad hammy, and parts of at least 2 or 3 others. I say stick with Malcolm and Devin, they've shown signs of catching on and are working hard after 2 years of a nonsense offensive scheme...

Posted by: terptek | August 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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