Redskins’ John Beck uncertain for Friday, but isn’t losing ground yet

Although his groin injury kept him sidelined for a second straight day, Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck isn’t yet in danger of falling behind in his competition with Rex Grossman for the starting job, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Beck went through seven-on-seven drills and walk-through portions of practice, but coaches held him out of 11-on-11 action for a second straight day.

It’s definitely not a desirable situation for someone battling for the starting quarterback position. But Beck doesn’t have a choice.

“It’s not fun to have to watch practice,” said Beck, who originally believed that after a day off Sunday, he would be fine to return to action on Monday. “I want to be the guy that’s out there practicing, and out there taking reps. It’s tough, but I want to be as smart as I can. I don’t want to let my competitiveness get in the way of me making a dumb decision – one that could cost me longer.”

Shanahan listed Grossman as first on this week’s official depth chart, but said that Beck need only concern himself with getting healthy. Missing Friday’s game won’t set Beck back in the arms race, the coach said.

“No,” he said dismissively. “We’ve got competition every day. Injuries are going to happen. One thing that’s great about John is, he’s had a week of almost all the reps. So he’s ahead of schedule right now to be able to do that. That’s good for John. … Usually, with that area you don’t want to make him go unless he’s ready. We feel like if we put him in there, we might set him back for a couple weeks. … But he’s getting better, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Grossman said he wasn’t under the impression that he had an edge on Beck, and said the weekly depth chart meant very little to him at this point.

“This is a competition. It’s going to last through training camp,” said Grossman, who started three games last season. “We’ve been rotating every practice, who goes with the first group first. And then we rotate through practice. I’m just trying to get through Wednesday’s practice. I’ll worry about Friday on Thursday night.”

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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