Brandon Banks is listed on the Washington Redskins’ roster as a wide receiver, but it appears unlikely that the team will try to take advantage of the second-year Kansas State product’s speed as a pass catcher.

Coach Mike Shanahan said questions about Banks’ durability and his balky knee have prompted the decision to hold the player out of most receiver drills. So it appears Banks would be the last receiver the Redskins turn to in games this season.

“He’s a guy that I’m even afraid to practice as a wide receiver because that knee swells up,” Shanahan said of the 5-foot-7, 151-pound Banks, who last season recorded only two receptions.

Shanahan said he didn’t take Banks into account when considering which receivers the team should carry on its 53-man roster. Instead, Redskins coaches see Banks – who this preseason returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown and ran back a kickoff 58 yards -- as a specialist, one who is too valuable to risk by playing him at multiple positions.

“I don’t look at Brandon [Banks] as a receiver – he’s a returner,” Shanahan said. “I thought he did such a great job in punt returns and kick returns that it would be silly not to dress him on game day. I think he’s a difference maker out there, but he will be a specialty.”