Redskins' health in shambles

The Redskins' injuries got so bad on Sunday that even a trainer was hurt. Where does that leave them for their game against the Vikings?

Washington's health situation got so ridiculous Sunday at Tennessee that one of the trainers, Eric Steward, treating all the injured players wound up on the injury list.

"I knew things were going bad when one of our trainers, Eric, got (hurt) at halftime," coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday. "(He) kind of slipped. So we'll keep our fingers crossed that it's not an ACL, but he's also having an MRI today."

Steward had plenty of company in the examination rooms on Monday, the day after the Redskins somehow survived all their injuries to win 19-16 in overtime.

Where to begin the rundown?

How about at running back where longtime starter Clinton Portis reinjured the groin that had kept him out the previous five games? Shanahan didn't have a good update Monday on Portis, who left during the first half and didn't return after producing 46 yards on just six touches.

And with Shanahan declaring that Ryan Torain, the Weeks 5-8 starter, all but out for a third game in a row with a hamstring injury, rookie free agent Keiland Williams could make his second start in three weeks Sunday against Minnesota. James Davis was promoted from the practice squad to replace Chad Simpson, who was placed on injured reserve.

The offensive line was already missing right guard Artis Hick (thigh) on Sunday and then center Casey Rabach injured an MCL during the first half and didn't return. It sounds as if Hicks, a Viking from 2006-09, is more likely to play this week than Rabach. Former starting left guard Derrick Dockery, who also injured a knee against the Titans, has a chance this week. Will Montgomery would make his first career start at center if Rabach isn't back. Stephon Heyer, a career tackle before filling at guard Sunday, would start at right guard if Hicks and Dockery both remain sidelined.

Shanahan said that rookie linemen Selvish Capers and Erik Cook have been "looking good" in practice and could be promoted from the practice squad if needed.

Now to the defense, where right end Kedric Golston missed the end of the Tennessee game with a thigh injury. He should be ready for Minnesota, but reserve end Jeremy Jarmon, who injured a hamstring during last Friday's practice, probably won't be.

The situation is worse at linebacker where left outside starter Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) and right inside starter Rocky McIntosh (groin), are both iffy to return to face the Vikings. If they don't make it back, Andre Carter and H.B. Blades would start, leaving only Chris Wilson (outside) and rookie Perry Riley (inside) in reserve.

The secondary is even worse than the mess at linebacker. Strong safety LaRon Landry, who made several midseason All-Pro teams, is "98 percent" sure to miss a second straight game with an Achilles' injury, Shanahan said. Right cornerback Carlos Rogers could join Landry on the sidelines again with a hamstring. Both were hurt in the Week 10 loss to Philadelphia. Veterans Reed Doughty and Phillip Buchanon would start again if Landry and Rogers, respectively, aren't ready to face the Vikings.

And rookie safety Anderson Russell's NFL debut lasted all of a handful of plays as he tore an ACL covering a punt in the first quarter. He was placed on injured reserve. Shanahan said the Redskins are looking to sign a safety. Veteran Tyrone Carter, who finished the preseason with Washington, has signed with San Diego. Lendy Holmes, who got into eight games as a rookie free agent in 2009, was the only other safety who has spent time with the Redskins since Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett took over in January.

NOTES

  • Coach Mike Shanahan reiterated on Monday that he retains full confidence in Graham Gano although the kicker missed a 51-yard field-goal try at the end of the first half and a 47-yarder at the end of regulation before beating Tennessee with a 48-yarder in overtime.

    Shanahan blamed the missed field goals on poor snaps by first-year man Nick Sundberg.

  • Running back James Davis was excited about being promoted from the practice squad on Monday to replace Chad Simpson, who broke a foot during warmups on Sunday.

    "The cuffs has been taken off the beast," tweeted the 5-11, 218-pound Davis, who carried nine times for 15 yards and caught four passes for five yards in an unimpressive two-game stint for Cleveland in 2009 after being drafted in the sixth round out of Clemson.

  • Rookie free agent Keiland Williams was far from spectacular on Sunday, but he stepped in after starting running back Clinton Portis went down again and produced 95 yards of offense on 29 touches. That was just four shy of the total of all of Washington's other skill position players combined save quarterback Donovan McNabb.

    "When you have running backs that go down, you ask Keiland to take the load and continue to run with it," McNabb said. "Neither did he get tired or kind of ask questions. He knew what he was supposed to do. He did a great job for us running the ball as well as catching the ball out of the backfield."

  • WR Joey Galloway's three catches in Sunday's 19-16 victory at Tennessee made him the 32nd player in NFL history with at least 700 (701).

  • WR Santana Moss moved into 70th all-time in receiving yards (8,181) with 106 against Tennessee.

  • QB Donovan McNabb passed for 376 yards against the Titans, giving him three 300-yard games this season, the most by a Redskins quarterback since Brad Johnson's four during the 1999 NFC East championship season.

  • TE Chris Cooley's 91 receiving yards at Tennessee moved him past Michael Westbrook and into ninth place in franchise history with 4,343.

  • WR Anthony Armstrong's 41 receiving yards on Sunday gave him seven straight games with at least 40, making him the first Redskin to do so since Moss in Weeks 11-17 of 2005.


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