Redskins leave day early for Seattle

Because they’re traveling 2,500 miles to play the Seahawks on Sunday, the Redskins are departing from the Washington area one day earlier than usual.

The team is scheduled to have its regular Friday practice this afternoon at Redskins Park. The team will then head to the airport and fly directly to Seattle this evening.

It’s somewhat of a unique travel schedule for Mike Shanahan. Coaching in Denver for the past 14 seasons, Shanahan’s team was geographically close to enough to leave town one day preceding a road game. All of his games with the Redskins have been that way, as well. Until this week.

“We made the decision a while back,” Shanahan said. “I haven’t spent much time on the East Coast, except for Florida. In college, you didn’t travel like you do in the National Football League. So I asked the people here what they generally do. They thought it was best to leave on Friday.”

The Redskins will land in Seattle Friday night. On Saturday, they’ll visit an area indoor facility to hold a 30-45-minute walk-though practice. They’ll head back to the hotel for their regular meetings and then just wait for Sunday’s 4 p.m. kickoff.

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.

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