Spring practices organized team activities if you prefer are not mandatory in the NFL, but attendance is preferred. Actually, in the case of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan showing up or at the minimum being accountable is expected. Through two weeks of OTAs, so far, so good.Weve had some good work, guys are working hard, we got some competition thats what you look for in these OTA days, Shanahan said following Thursdays outdoor practice at Redskins Park. Weve got 100 attendance. If a guy has missed, its been an excused absence.On this day nose tackle Barry Cofield and safety Tanard Jackson were the only Redskins not in attendance and Shanahan said the pair was excused. Others on hand but not fully practicing included Leonard Hankerson (hip), Brian Orakpo (pectoral), Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), Adam Carriker (foot blisters), Steven Bowen (knee), Jonathan Goff (knee) and running back Tim Hightower, still recovering from Novembers knee surgery. Otherwise, it was an all hands on deck situation.If people want to improve themselves, then you have to practice, and we have nine weeks to get that in, he explained. Its normally three or four days a week. You dont always have it. Some guys dont come for one reason or another, but youre hoping people do come because youre all after the same goal, and I think weve talked about what that goal is.Shanahan expects Hightower, still recovering from Novembers knee surgery, back for training camp. Its pretty much on me, Hightower said.Things feel good, things feel strong. Its just a matter of me getting back in football shape and me getting comfortable with everything.Hankerson did drillwork on the side, though Shanahan said the second-year receivers hip is healed and the team is simply taking the cautious route before training camp. A similar protective tale was told by Orakpo, who sat out 11-on-11 drills. His left pectoral muscle, the one injured late last season, was wrapped but the Redskins top pass rusher downplayed the issue and expects to return to action soon. Were just taking it easy right now, taking a precautionary step, Orakpo said.Guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) participated in individual and positional work, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Same long range forecast for defensive end Stephen Bowen, who sat out practice on Thursday. Shanahan said Goff, recovering from an ACL injury,had his knee drained and continues have some fluid in the knees, but hopes he will return to practice in a couple of weeks. Speaking of excused absences, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, told reporters he missed last weeks OTAs because of a family matter.
Left guard Trent Williams was injured late in Washington's 20-17 loss to Detroit on Sunday, a development perhaps lost in shuffle of the Redskins' final drive as they attempted to tie or win the game.
Williams was helped off the field and brought to the locker room, where he was gingerly escorted by the team's medical staff to be examined further.
Late in the fourth quarter of their Week 7 game against the Lions, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins used his legs — yes, his legs — to give the team a go-ahead lead.
Trailing 13-10 with just over a minute remaining, Cousins kept the ball on a read-option play and ran 19 yards for the go-ahead score.
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That play fooled the WHOLE defense pic.twitter.com/hTfDJqAVOa— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 23, 2016
But the Redskins gave the Lions too much time to work with.
Matthew Stafford hooked up with former Redskin qide receiver Andre Roberts for a big play, then found Anquan Boldin, who fought his way across the goal line with under 20 seconds left.
With the 20-17 loss, the Redskins' four-game winning streak is snapped.
The team travels to London next week to take on the Bengals.