Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan is hopeful running Ryan Torain and receiver Brandon Banks will be healthy enough to play in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay on Thursday, but he said injured safety Kareem Moore might have to start the season on the physically unable to perform list. That would mean that Moore would sit out the first six weeks of the season.
"I really don’t know with Kareem, because he’s getting better. But I want to get him to that certain level where he can play in a game,” Shanahan said. “He’s such a competitor that he wants to practice, he wants to go in. But until he’s close to one hundred percent, I don’t want to put him in that situation or we’ll go back to what happened last year, too.”
While Shanahan confirmed that defensive end Jarvis Jenkins is lost for the year, the Redskins’ injury situation appears to be slightly improved from a week ago. Linebacker London Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive end Adam Carriker (feet) were both able to practice Saturday. Torain (hand) was able to fully participate and should see action against the Bucs.
Banks (knee) could return to practice Sunday or Monday, safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) is still unable to participate. Shanahan seems prepared to use him Week 1 against the New York Giants, even if he’s unable to see any preseason action.
"You sure like them to be able to play in that last preseason game to get some reps, especially when he missed the second half of [last] season,” Shanahan said. “Does he have to? No, but it’d sure help."
Shanahan didn’t seem optimistic that receiver Malcolm Kelly would practice this week.
Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt (knee) missed Saturday’s practice with a sore knee but could be back on the field Monday, Shanahan said. And linebacker Edgar Jones (concussion) could return to the practice field Sunday or Monday.