Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and running back Tim Hightower both received scheduled days off to rest their surgically repaired knees.


Shanahan said he is pleased with the first three days of practice from quarterback Robert Griffin III. “Every day is a learning experience,” the coach said. Shanahan said Griffin “is working extremely hard” to correct any mistakes he makes.

Shanahan said “there’s no question (Pierre Garcon) can be a No. 1 receiver,” and added, “I’ve been very impressed with him.”

Shanahan said he had studied Dezmon Briscoe on film and that he has been impressed with his game. The coach said he is aware of Briscoe’s off-field troubles, but that the team was willing to give the receiver a second chance.

Shanahan said there still is no update on Jammal Brown. He said “it’s a little unusual that you have to wait a couple days to have an MRI,” but that Brown wants to work with his doctor, and so the team has agreed to let him do so.

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