Jammal Brown practicing through the pain
Redskins offensive tackles Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer were again limited at practice Thursday, and though Coach Mike Shanahan said both are likely to play Sunday at Detroit, he has some concern about how healthy they'll be.
"I don't think there's any setbacks," Shanahan said. "Hopefully tomorrow they just keep on getting a little bit better. They're still sore. They were both limited. But they should be ready to go."
Brown's case is the most interesting. Acquired in a trade with New Orleans in the offseason, the six-year veteran missed the entire 2009 season with a hip injury and a sports hernia. Brown has started all seven games at right tackle, but last week against Chicago, he was scheduled to alternate series with Heyer in order to rest his hip. That plan was scrapped when Heyer sprained his ankle in the first quarter.
"There is some improvement, but not as much as we'd like," Shanahan said. "I still think he's a little bit sore. It's a mobility issue."
Shanahan also said he was surprised Brown's hip problem has lingered this far into the season.
"I was expecting him to be a little bit further ahead than he is," Shanahan said. "You never know for sure. He's been working extremely hard. He's a worker, and he's very tough. I don't think a lot of people would actually be playing or practicing with the pain that he's had, but he's working through it. Hopefully it gets a little better over the bye week."
Shanahan said he and the coaching staff will monitor the health of both Brown and Heyer and determine a playing rotation for the Lions game.
As for other Redskins who were limited in practice, Shanahan said: "Who wasn't limited? That's easier."
The list continues to include fullback Mike Sellers (foot), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (back), quarterback Donovan McNabb (hamstring), safety LaRon Landry (Achilles tendon), safety Kareem Moore (knee), linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) and running back Chad Simpson (hamstring).
On Wednesday, McNabb characterized himself as dealing with "Week 7 soreness." Shanahan said Thursday that McNabb is dealing with a variety of issues.
"I think both his hamstrings are a little bit tight," Shanahan said. "I think he's got a little bit of soreness in his groin area as well, a little contusion in one of his shinbones. What most quarterbacks go through during the season, but the bye week will help him."
Moore, who last week was replaced by Reed Doughty as the starting free safety, is still dealing with the effects of a knee injury he originally suffered in training camp, one that cost him the first two games of the season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Moore is still the starter, but the defensive staff is trying to work in both Doughty and third-year player Chris Horton so that Moore can rest his knee.
Shanahan said Moore may need the upcoming bye week to get completely healthy. He also said his knee became infected, which led to a slower recovery.
"You never know with those knees," Shanahan said. "Any time you have an injury like he did, he probably came back a little bit too quick and played a little bit too much. You're always worried about somebody playing too much when they're not in football shape, and I think he did play a little bit too much. He got a little bit infected, or whatever it is. But it's swollen up pretty good. So hopefully the bye will help it and he can get it back to normal."
| October 28, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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