Quick hits: Mike Shanahan happy with first day of practice

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he was happy with how his players practiced on their first day back from the bye week. “It wasn’t perfect,” the coach said, but the players showed good effort as they got back into the swing of things.

Shanahan said he is a little surprised about the Philadelphia Eagles’ struggles but noted that their four losses can be traced back to turnovers.

Shanahan called the Eagles a dangerous team, however, because of how they can move the ball and “can score at any second.”

Shanahan said last year’s embarrassing Monday Night Football blowout against the Eagles left a bad taste in coaches’ and players’ mouths and that it’s a game he has “tried to put out of my mind.”

Running back Tim Hightower (shoulder) said “I plan to play on Sunday.” Shanahan said the running back’s shoulder still is a little sore, but didn’t expect the injury to keep him sidelined. Shanahan declined to say whether Hightower or Ryan Torain would start.

Receiver Anthony Armstrong practiced, said his strained hamstring feels good and hopes to play Sunday. But he added that the decision is Shanahan’s to make.

Shanahan said starting fullback Darrel Young appeared to be fine after missing the last two games with a strained hamstring.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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