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Kyle Shanahan believes Donovan McNabb will practice next week

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he expects starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to return to workouts next week, when the team will be preparing to open the season against Dallas. McNabb hasn't practiced since spraining his left ankle Aug. 21 against Baltimore.

"I expect him to be able to practice next week," Shanahan said following Tuesday's practice. "I think he does too. You never know. We'll see how the injury goes. We know he's hurting right now, but we think he'll be good to go next week."

McNabb attended practice Tuesday without shoulder pads, but also without the protective sleeve he wore on the lower part of his left leg Monday. He has moved around Redskins Park without an air cast or walking boot since early last week.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said it was impossible to say for certain when McNabb would return to workouts.

"I kind of used this before, and I don't mean to not answer your question, but how do you know? How do you know?" Mike Shanahan said. "...You're hoping that a guy can go, but you don't know if there's going to be a setback or not. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping. He's doing everything he can in rehab to get himself ready, but when he's ready to go I'll let you guys know."

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 31, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Kyle Shanahan  
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So all this high ankle sprain talk is just a ruse then. Right?

Posted by: Predator48 | August 31, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: freakzilla | August 31, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell released by Vikes... practice squad anyone?

Posted by: TDawg1 | August 31, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I know the Skins gave a conditional pick to get Hall Davis. Does this mean conditional on him making the team? It would be a pretty dumb move to give up a draft pick for someone you are going t cut hte next day.

Posted by: HokiePaul | August 31, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we give up nothing for him. And we get nothing for DMo unless he makes Rams' roster.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 31, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

hessone = wrong

I had MK gone first cut. Knowing it is half the battle. HTTR !

Posted by: hessone | August 31, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for D. Hall to comment that the Shanny's are holding McNabb back because he is solely responsible for Kelly's injury...

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 31, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

At first, I was extremely disappointed in the lack of production from the skins third year receivers. They could have drafted Desean Jackson or Eddie royal. But once I looked up that draft, i noticed that there were so many 2nd round busts at that position like Donnie Avery, Limas Sweed, Jordy Nelson, James Hardy, Jerome Simpson, and Dexter Jackson. I guess Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas were just two of a hand full of disappointing 2nd round wide receivers in that draft.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | August 31, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason AND Marko Mitchell cut today? WTF are the Skins waiting for? Signing those guys today = championship. If the Skins could figure out some way to get Colt back...dynasty.

Posted by: --swb | August 31, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb will start against Dallas.... Shanny is just trying to play with the Cowpies heads.

On another note, without MK12 the Skins lack a tall WR. Is Plaxico Burress out of the clink yet? And if he is what do you people think of having him come in for a look-see?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 31, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell released by Vikes... practice squad anyone?

Posted by: TDawg1

When O when will some team realize his obvious pro bowl potential!!

Posted by: Predator48 | August 31, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

***smoke screen***

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 31, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Predator48 | August 31, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or does Shanahan talk to the doctors at all? Or is it all just BS from the latest resident Genius? Like the Cowboys have no way of preparing for McNabb if we don't show him in this new offense?

More like Shanahan knows he can't even risk his QB in practice behind this line. Dono5 has NO CHANCE of making it through the season. NONE. Why the hell did we blow a pick on this guy?

Posted by: McLobo | August 31, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Shannys are on the wrong page. I Think Daddy Shanahan wanted to be coy about whether Mcnabb will play or not. It would have confused the Cowhoes in their game planning either for Mcnabb or Grossman.

But Kyle, just went out and said he is going to be practicing and playing. whatever the case may be i feel comfortable with Grossman as the QB if Mcnabb goes down. He takes chances and gets the ball out quick. Plus we are going to be running the Ball much more anyway.

Posted by: mrhney03 | September 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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