Limited: LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee, day-to-day), CB DeAngelo Hall (rest), LB London Fletcher (rest); Out: TE Chris Cooley (knee, day-to-day), WR Brandon Banks (knee, day-to-day), WR Malcolm Kelly (foot, day-to-day), RB Ryan Torain (broken hand, out seven to 10 days), S LaRon Landry (Achilles’ tendon, Physically Unable to Perform list), S Kareem Moore (knee, PUP list), LB Robert Henson (knee, PUP list).
Fan Appreciation Day
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
Admission, parking: Free.
Friday vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
at FedEx Field, 7:30 p.m.
The Redskins open the regular season Sept. 11 against the New York Giants, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
As newly acquired guard Chris Chester finished his first news conference as a Redskin on Friday morning, teammate Jammal Brown’s voice boomed from near the entrance to the team facility a few feet away.
“SOONER!” Chester shouted back, his voice overlapping that of Washington’s 2010 first-round pick, Trent Williams, who also joined in on the University of Oklahoma football chorus.
While Chester may be transitioning into a new system since joining the Redskins in free agency from Baltimore, he has plenty of familiar faces around to help him settle.
Offensive linemates Brown and Williams are also Oklahoma products. Other teammates, including quarterback John Beck and wide receiver Donte Stallworth, spent time in Baltimore. Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster spent 2005 through 2007 with the Ravens.
“That made it a no-brainer to come here,” Chester said.
The sixth-year veteran is expected to plug into the starting right guard role this season to help upgrade an offensive line that ranked 30th in rushing (91.3 yards per game) last season and gave up 46 sacks, fifth highest in the NFL.
“He ran a 4.75 coming out of college, so I loved his speed,” Coach Mike Shanahan said, when asked what the team saw in Chester. “For the first two days, I’ve been very impressed with how he’s practiced and with what he adds to our offensive team.”
Though Chester played in a different scheme with Baltimore, he said transitioning to the Redskins’ zone-based offensive line has not been a major issue. A former tight end, Chester believes the scheme “probably suits me a lot better in the long run because you really get to utilize athleticism and try to get guys going and running and stuff.”
— Paul Tenorio