Coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Chris Cooley is making improvements, but the team continues to make sure his knee isn’t overworked. Cooley went through drills Monday but did no 11-on-11 work.
John Beck took part in a limited amount of positional reps early in practice, but watched all of the 11-on-11 action. Later in practice, Beck took 7-on-7 snaps. After practice the quarterback said he is still hoping to play Friday. Shanahan said he hadn’t decided yet.
Shanahan wasn’t sure how much longer Malcolm Kelly would be out with his sore right foot. The receiver still isn’t able to put much weight on the foot. The coach guessed it could be another week.
Rex Grossman directed two scoring drives in simulated game action. The first was capped by a field goal by Graham Gano, and the second was capped by a five-yard Tim Hightower touchdown run.
Ryan Kerrigan said he felt “great” being back out on the field for his first full practice since July 29th. He said “I wasn’t thinking about it at all,” when asked about his injured right knee. Kerrigan wore a brace on the knee. Kerrigan is aiming to play vs. Pittsburgh Friday.
Safeties LaRon Landry (Achilles’ tendon) and Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring) both watched practice but certainly got in mental reps. When the team ran 11-on-11 drills, Landry and Atogwe lined up far downfield and mirrored the movements of the strong free safeties on each play.
Sav Rocca punted to teammates for the first time since joining the Redskins on Saturday. Brandon Banks, Santana Moss, DeAngelo Hall and Phillip Buchanon took turns fielding punts.
Things got a little chippy during red zone drills when, at the end of a play, center Will Montgomery and inside linebacker London Fletcher exchanged some jabs to the helmets. Later Montgomery got into it with Rocky McIntosh and the two had to be separated by teammates.
In the kicking competition, Graham Gano was 2-for-3 while Shayne Graham was 1-for-3 on the day.
Rookie safety DeJon Gomes got a hearty congratulations by defensive teammates after picking off a Grossman pass. It was the Nebraska product’s first turnover of camp. Gomes later broke up a would-be touchdown to Leonard Hankerson.
Shanahan said the Redskins had Keyaron Fox targeted “for a long time now,” The linebacker brings experience and versatility and will compete for the inside linebacker spot next to London Fletcher, he said.
QB Kellen Clemens missed practice to attend a funeral.