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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Chris Cooley limited in practice, improving.

Coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Chris Cooley was limited in practice again, but is “making strides each day.” Cooley’s status won’t be determined until Saturday, the coach said.

Safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) again did not practice.

The team practiced outdoors in the rain, and Shanahan said he was pleased with the progress players were able to make while practicing fully. Shanahan added that practicing at a gym Wednesday kept them from being able to work on passing and the run game.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanaha, asked why Rex Grossman was named quarterback over John Beck said “because he beat him out. He was better in the competition -- not by a lot -- but overall, when you look at the tape, Rex was better.”

Shanahan is emphasizing the importance of eliminating turnovers this game against the Giants. Washington turned the ball over 10 times (seven fumbles) in its two meetings with New York last season.

Shanahan said of the seven receivers on the roster, “it’s going to be a competition every week. We kept seven receivers because they were among the best on the 53-man roster.”

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