Over the weekend the Redskins reduced their roster from 75 players to the required 53-man roster. On Sunday, they added seven players to the practice squad. Those players included:
Running back Ryan Torain, safety Anderson Russell, tackles Will Robinson and Selvish Capers, wide receiver Terrence Austin, defensive end Rob Jackson, offensive lineman Erik Cook, and linebacker Mike Balogun.
With this business taken care of, the Redskins entered practice Monday looking to prepare for Sunday’s match-up with the visiting Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb returned to practiced and is primed to make his regular season debut Sunday night. McNabb took snaps with the starters and was not seen having any discomfort.
McNabb was injured verus the Ravens on August 21, and did not play in any of the succeeding pre-season games. This was definitely a setback for McNabb who was hoping to continue developing his rapport with his new receivers.
On Saturday night, there was some doubt on the availability of Albert Haynesworth versus the Dallas Cowboys. His performance in Arizona was nothing short of sluggish, and there was some talk that he may even be “inactive” for the season opener.
Mike Shanahan addresses this today.
“As I said, it’s just not the effort, you got to get used to the technique,” Shanahan said. “So when you play a couple different positions it’s going to be tough, that’s just part of it. But he worked hard and made a few mistakes here and there but he’s getting better.”
Reports over the weekend seemed more on the side of gloom and doom, but the coaching staff has seemed at least content with where Haynesworth is.
Personally, Haynesworth’s services are too valuable to not be used. We will see if this holds up.