Linebacker London Fletcher had his knee drained and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has a hamstring injury but Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he expects both players to be “fine” as the Washington Redskins prepare to make a quick turnaround for a game Thursday night at Minnesota.
Hankerson had five catches for 55 yards in Sunday’s overtime triumph over the San Diego Chargers at FedEx Field.
“Hankerson is gonna be fine,” Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park.
Fletcher had fluid drained from a knee, according to Shanahan.
“He just got his knee drained,” Shanahan said. “He’s fine.”
The Redskins are scheduled to practice Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling Wednesday afternoon to the Minneapolis area.
On other issues, Shanahan praised the play Sunday of safety Brandon Meriweather, who was playing his first game since serving a one-game suspension by the NFL for illegal hits.
“I thought he had one of his better games that I’ve seen him play, very physical, was really on point in the passing game as well,” Shanahan said. “A lot of times when a guy comes back after being fined, he’s a little tentative when he hits. He brought it. He brought it both in the running game and the passing game. He made some great open-field tackles and he was ready to play. I’m really proud of him, the way he handled himself.”
Shanahan said place kicker Kai Forbath was solely to blame for having field goal attempts of 25 and 59 yards blocked in the first half Sunday. Forbath did connect from 47 yards in the fourth quarter.
“The guy that blocked the first field goal didn’t penetrate the line,” Shanahan said. “He did it at the line of scrimmage so the kick was too low. The second, we had to drive it a little bit, a 59-yarder, and that hit the guy in the armpit. So both kicks were too low.”
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