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Redskins injuries: Shanahan could be without seven starters vs. Vikings

November 22, 2010 - 04:42 PM
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The Redskins will have to wait until later this week to find out which of their offensive linemen thaty have available to them this week against the Vikings. (Photo: Heather Farrell)

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan ran down a laundry list of injuries and the statuses of the players that they belonged to as he opened his Monday press conference.

The Redskins entered yesterday’s game against the Tennessee Titans without four starters, and emerged from the game having lost another five starters and two backups ailing.

Here’s the rundown of the injuries and the statuses of each player:

> Starting center Casey Rabach has a second-degree MCL tear, Shanahan said. He and his team’s medical staff will have to monitor his health over the course of the week to get a better idea of how long he will be out. Earlier this season, guard Kory Lichtensteiger suffered the same injury, missed a couple of days of practice, but still played the following week. Other cases, Shanahan said, have caused a player to miss a week or two of action.

> Running back Clinton Portis aggravated his pulled groin and is still waiting on MRI results, and will then see “a couple of doctors” to determine exactly how bad the injury is.

> Linebacker Rocky McIntosh suffered a groin injury and is sore, but the team will have to wait and see how the week goes and how well it responds before they know about his availability for Sunday.

> Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander pulled a hamstring early in the game and played only a couple of plays on defense. Shanahan said his case is a wait-and-see situation before they get a better idea of how quickly it will heal.

> Rookie safety Anderson Russell tore his ACL on the punt return on which the Titans scored a touchdown. He has been placed on injured reserve.

> Running back Chad Simpson broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and is on the injured reserve list and needs surgery.

> Backup guard Derrick Dockery went down with a knee injury, and Shanahan said he “is sore, but he is optimistic,” but added that he probably won’t be able to practice for a couple of days.

As for the four Redskins starters that didn’t even make the trip to Nashville:

> Safety LaRon Landry’s strained Achilles’ tendon remains problematic, and Shanahan said that he is “98 percent out” for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

> Cornerback Carlos Rogers and his strained hamstring will be re-evaluated later this week.

> Right guard Artis Hicks, suffering from a thigh/groin injury, is “champing at the bit,” to go, Shanahan said, but will have to be evaluated later this week.

> Running back Ryan Torain and his strained hamstring are “a long-shot” to play on Sunday because the muscle is still rather sore, the coach said.

Helping to fill the void at running back, the Redskins have promoted James Davis from the practice squad. A roster spot remains open now that Russell is done for the year, and the Redskins haven’t decided who they will sign, but Shanahan said that the team is looking to add a safety.

If Rabach can't go, Shanahan said he will decide whether to start Lichtensteiger or Mongtomery at center. Whomever doesn't play center would play guard.

"That’s what’s nice about when you have the flexibility with a guy like Kory and a guy like Will that can play both positions," Shanahan said. "And I’ve got a lot of confidence in both guys playing the center and the guard position and we might go opposite if we had to next time."

The Redskins have a pair of rookie seventh-round picks on their practice squad in guard/center Erik Cook (New Mexico) and tackle Selvish Capers (West Virginia), and Shanahan said both are making progress. He said that if needs be, the Redskins could promote one of them to the 53-man roster to fill needs.

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