Redskins injury update

Redskins injury update
April 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
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In addition to discussing this week’s draft Wednesday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan also discussed the status of a handful of his team’s injured players. 

Here’s a rundown:

TE Fred Davis

Davis, who is recovering from Achilles’ tendon surgery, is improving and the team expects to get a better evaluation in late May.

“Fred has made some strides,” Shananan said. “I think we’ll find out in OTAs exactly where he’s at. But he’s feeling good.”

DE Adam Carriker

Carriker, who suffered a setback in rehab late last season after undergoing surgery on his quadriceps tendon in September, is also improving. Shanahan did not, however, provide a timetable for his return to the field.

“I can’t give you a percentage. I can’t say if it’s 70 or 80” percent, Shanahan said. “But he’s making strides. It’s much better than it was a month ago.”

RB Roy Helu

Helu, who recently told that he had surgery on his left foot in February, suffered a minor setback last week, Shanahan said. But the team’s training staff is still hopeful he’ll be able to participate in OTAs.

“He’s still a little bit sore,” Shanahan said. “I still think he’ll be able to go here over the next couple weeks. He’s not 100-percent, but he’s close to it. He has the same injury as Reed [Doughty] and Reed is close to 100 percent right now. I think he’ll be able to go.”

LB London Fletcher

Fletcher, who is rehabbing after surgery on his elbow and ankle with the intention of returning for a 16th season, is already in the weight room strengthening the ankle, Shanahan said.

“The elbow surgery went well. The ankle surgery went well,” Shanahan said. “I just can’t believe he’s never had any surgeries in his career. With the elbow, it’s relieved a lot of tension. The ankle ... he’s already down in the weight room working out.”

LB Keenan Robinson

Robinson ended his rookie season on IR after suffering a pectoral muscle tear in Dallas. Shanahan said he likes how Robinson’s recovery has gone and hopes he'll participate in OTAs.

“He’s doing pretty good,” Shanahan said. “Just like [Brian Orakpo], it takes a little time. Rak is 100-percent. The doctors think [Robinson] will be ready to go in about a month. So we’re hoping to have him ready for OTAs.”

S Brandon Meriweather

In an answer about safeties in general and not Meriweather's health specifically, Shanahan said he's hoping to get Meriweather back from two knee injuries.

“At the safety position, we lost Meriweather and Tanard Jackson last year,” Shanahan said. “We’re hoping that both guys will be back, will be back healthy, but we don’t know that for sure.”