The Washington Redskins had on Wednesday had to practice off-site because of torrential downpours Wednesday, marking the second time this week that weather hampered their efforts.
The team practiced during a storm on Monday, but the players weren’t able to go full-speed.
On Wednesday, players went through the morning walk-through on the team’s old Astroturf field as rains fell on Northern Virginia. At 12:20 p.m., they were back on the field for practice, but after rains intensified from moderate to an all out downpour, practice was called. Mike Shanahan & Co. went inside and planned to re-evaluate the situation at 1:45 p.m., but it continued raining, so the team went to practice at a nearby Lifetime Fitness gym.
The events placed more emphasis on the need for a practice bubble at team headquarters. Shanahan said late last season that the team would build an indoor facility for use during inclement weather in 2011. But construction began only last week.
Asked why the practice bubble wasn’t built during the offseason, Shanahan said, “There’s a lot of factors involved there. I can’t go into all of them, but there’s a lot of things that go into it when you’re doing construction relative to city codes and getting things done and all that.”
Shanahan said the Redskins have been told the air structure will be completed by November, but the coach insinuated that there is some doubt.
“Oh, it’ll be done,” he said with a grin. “It’ll be done by November 1st, and that means it’ll be done by January 2nd. No, hopefully it’ll be done November 1st.”
According to the Capital Weather Gang, the bad weather could hang around the area all week.