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Posted at 4:44 PM ET, 11/20/2010

Terrence Austin promotion not yet confirmed by Redskins

By Jason Reid

There seems to be some confusion about whether rookie wide receiver Terrence Austin actually has been promoted from the practice squad.

Austin apparently was informed earlier Saturday that he would be on the 53-man roster for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field, and for the first time he accompanied the team on a trip. But the Redskins have not confirmed the move.

Contacted on his cellphone Saturday afternoon shortly after the Redskins arrived in Tennessee, Austin affirmed what a person close to him revealed to a reporter in a text message earlier, saying he is "on the roster. ... They only have 45 active for the game, so I don't know about that, but I'm on the team."

Perhaps Austin was confused about his status because the Redskins brought him on the trip. When asked, however, whether someome informed him he would be on the roster for Sunday's game, Austin said, "Yeah."

Another possible explanation is that the Redskins are waiting to officially make a move after evaluating a player slowed because of an injury. Rookie return specialist Brandon Banks underwent knee surgery during the bye week.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Banks would need two to three weeks to recover, but Banks played in the 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles -- only 12 days after the procedure. Earlier this week, Shanahan said Banks was experiencing soreness. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

By Jason Reid  | November 20, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin, wide receivers  
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Comments

Another questionable move, or lack thereof, by the genius...

Why didn't he pull Banks when the game was over? About 9 minutes into the first quarter?

I kept saying, "Why doesn't he pull Banks and let him rest?"

Well, obviously, I'm not a genius like some people.

Sometimes, it just really makes you scratch your head. Especially when you consider how many millions this genius makes.

WTF?

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 20, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Where the heck is everyone. Anywho good more by Shanny. Banks now Austin. Could it be that Shanny used half the year to coach up the youngins the Shanny way? Now....how bout them Oline youngins.

Posted by: TWISI | November 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It's disturbing that Shanahan played Banks so soon after knee surgery and now Banks is apparently suffering because of the move. How can you jeopardize a young player like that?

Posted by: nativedc | November 20, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that Jason Reid has actually broken the Terrence Austin story? And that he's wrong?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 20, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Mike (the Faith Healer) always knows more than the so-called medical experts.

Reverend Mike claimed Banks knee would heal faster because the kick returner is a relative lightweight -- and nevermind the fact that Banks was expected to run and cut and get hit on numerous occasions -- even after the game was already well out of reach.

And rather than lighten Banks' load and ease some of the swelling following the Monday night debacle, the Revernd Mike decided to "prove" his miracle cure -- by working the guy out in practice on a series of plays at wide and slot receiver.

Reverend Mike has also laid his hands on Clinton's groin and proclaimed, "Satan be gone -- and my holy name, let Clinton be healed."

And here's the really esciting part: Reverend Mike's healing hands are not just restricted to football players.

You too can enjoy the benefits of Reverend Mike's special brand of healing. Just send a modest "love offering" to "Reverend Mike Shanahan" c/o Redskins Park.

While Reverend Mike will be pleased to accept whatever amount you can spare, please understand says that he wants to offer a special prayer to his CLub Seat patrons.

R U In?

Alleluha and Glory Be!

Posted by: Vic1 | November 20, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What are you to idiots talking about, Banks is fine and will be playing tommorow. Do either of you think J-Reid knows anything about the Skins.

Shanny doesn't give sh-t away and J-Reid is guessing that maybe something is wrong with Banks.

Shanny would not elevate Austin for Banks if he wanted to do that he would have done it last week. Austin is being elevated to take Galloway's place.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 20, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What are you to idiots talking about, Banks is fine and will be playing tommorow. Do either of you think J-Reid knows anything about the Skins.

Shanny doesn't give sh-t away and J-Reid is guessing that maybe something is wrong with Banks.

Shanny would not elevate Austin for Banks if he wanted to do that he would have done it last week. Austin is being elevated to take Galloway's place.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that Jason Reid has actually broken the Terrence Austin story? And that he's wrong?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 20, 2010 5:24 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Did the Post FINALLY scoop a story? And then get it wrong. We will know tomorrow.

My money is on Austin being promoted.

Posted by: edvar | November 20, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

From Cliff Russell

Russellmania09 Just got a emphatic reconfirmation from a #Redskins official -- "Nothing has changed" on Austin. He is NOT on roster , as he told me.

3 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

Russellmania09 #Redskins starting RG Artis Hicks won't play either, barring a miracle. Expect W.Montgomery to get start. Hicks is in Nashville.

41 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

Posted by: TWISI | November 20, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope the story turns out to be true, but most of all, I hope Austin hasn't just set Shanahan against him. Shanahan is going to hate the fact that Austin is talking to reporters and leaking roster details before an initial announcement.

I'll be a little disappointed in Austin. If he has been activated, I can understand he would be excited but it's not a good way to start off. Still, I liked what he did in pre-season. He could certainly contribute more than Galloway.

The youth movement has already begun at RB. Let's hope WR is next on the list.

Posted by: WeNeedLinemen | November 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you two, Thinker_ and NativeDC, I was wondering why in the world was Brandon Banks out there playing also.
But, this is what happens in the NFL, the players don't have any leverage & are used and abused. Shanahan, like many coaches, took total advantage of Banks, confident that Banks would squawk and risk either being in Shanahan's doghouse or being cut outright.

...Plus, it's not as though we're going to do a whole bunch this year anyways...save Banks' knees for something more substantive than a blowout. He could have used Roydell Williams, or the subject of this story, Terrance Austin...or Devin Thomas? Ooops did I say that?

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 20, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

@Flounder21
~~~
It was reported last week by several media outlets that B.Banks had knee surgery in the days before the Eagles game.

I don't know how you missed it, but that's the context in which they were writing.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 20, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, yes, Shanahan is a big evil egotistical jerk who forced Banks to play.

I mean, it's not like the Redskins have tons of medical trainers and personnel, not to mention Banks own doctors to *tell* Mike Shanahan that Banks was ready to play. No, clearly Shanahan values his own ego more than the health and well being of one of his best special team players, and a guy Shanahan fought to get on the 52-man roster.

Spare me this "Shanahan's ego" crap, please.

Posted by: theclu1054 | November 20, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

It was reported last week by several media outlets that B.Banks had knee surgery in the days before the Eagles game.

I don't know how you missed it, but that's the context in which they were writing.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 20, 2010 9:21 PM

After surgery do you think that there are physicians who clear a guy to play before a coach is allowed to put him on the field?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 20, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

It's about time...i'm so sick of gallaway and williams.....it makes no sense....if we get spanked today..I say deactivate everyone over 35 and play the youngins..

Posted by: impervious99 | November 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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