The Washington Redskins wrapped up their preparations for Thursday night’s game at Minnesota with a light practice Wednesday in their indoor practice facility at Redskins Park. Then players and coaches got onto buses early in the afternoon to begin their trip to the Minneapolis area.
Coach Mike Shanahan severely curtailed the amount of physical exertion for the players on the practice field this week, coaches and players said. The Redskins needed overtime to beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at FedEx Field.
“I think Coach did a great job this week of keeping these guys off the field as much as they could and did more work in the classroom,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said after Wednesday’s practice. “So I think it worked out fine. … A Thursday night game, that’s a fast recovery. If you ever played in the game of football, it takes a few days to get your body back. So, again, I thought the way it was structured fit us well this week.”
Linebacker Brian Orakpo said Tuesday: “We’re all sore. We’re all banged up. It is tough. It’s very tough on NFL players to go from Sunday to Thursday. But at the same time, the Vikings are doing it as well. So we’re not the only ones going into this game with a little soreness. We should be fine. We’re not really going as physical [in practice]. We’re just getting a lot of mental reps. We should be fine by Thursday.”
Haslett acknowledged that coaches are limited in what they can install for a game on such a quick turnaround.
“You have a day and a half to get ready. … You’re not gonna put a lot of new things in,” Haslett said.
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