When Mike Shanahan spoke with reporters on Monday, the session was held via teleconference rather than in the auditorium at Redskins Park usual. That was, of course, because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
Shanahan was asked if he thought there would be any issues with the team’s practice bubble, the huge, air-supported structure the Redskins christened this spring. “I’m hoping that when I come to work tomorrow morning, it’s still up,” he cracked. “With 70 mile per hour winds, I'm just hoping it’s still there when I wake up and it’s not somewhere on [highway] 267.”
As it turns out, the practice facility was just fine, something that our Tarik El-Bashir confirmed this morning as he drove by Redskins Park. It appears that the facility has power and is up and running as normal.
The heavy rains that lasted most of the day and night did create some minor flooding around the practice fields. Nick Sundberg tweeted out this picture (@NickSundberg):
That is the AstroTurf field closest in the shot with the water around it. That is never used for practice. It looks like the far fields in the shot, the ones they actually use for practice, are in good shape. Even if the fields are still soggy tomorrow they could go in the bubble for a day—that’s why the built it—and proceed with normal preparations.
We have yet to receive the media schedule for the rest of this week but it appears that there is no reason for it to be anything but normal. And the weather forecast for Sunday’s game calls for it to be sunny with a high in the mid-50’s.
Spared the worst of the wrath of Sandy, it looks like the Redskins will be in a state that every NFL teams loves to be in—doing business as usual.
The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections.
With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college.
Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game.
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NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.
That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:
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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:
If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues.
New York will surely update his status once they find out more.
UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.
The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:
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