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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."

By Barry Svrluga  | October 28, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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Dude missed a whole season with this injury and now he's practicing, as the same injury gets worse.

Not sure that's smart. If Malcolm Kelly can get on IR for his hammies, maybe we should let Brown fully heal from his surgery. His level of play so far doesn't merit keeping him out there.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 28, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Shanahan has one of those walking boots and after every game, he gives it to a player to wear -- whether there's a problem or not.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Look for Banks to have a HUGE game, this will be his first game on artificial turf......speed booster

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer is barely good enough to provide competition to Jamaal Brown on one leg.

That should tell this coaching staff who the better RT is.

Posted by: p1funk | October 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer is barely good enough to provide competition to Jamaal Brown on one leg.

That should tell this coaching staff who the better RT is.

Posted by: p1funk | October 28, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If it's that same injury that caused him to miss all last season then they should definitely sit him this week going into the bye and see where he is after being shut down for a couple of weeks. Rather lose the guy for a game instead of the season.

Posted by: skins91r | October 28, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing the bye week this and the bye week is what he needs that.. not good.. players will be subconsciously lax Sunday thinking forward to this magic heal-all bye week!

Posted by: iubiquity | October 28, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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