That old Redskin try: Moss to 'give it a go'

That old Redskin try: Moss to 'give it a go'
November 21, 2011, 7:47 pm
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UPDATED 5:03 p.m.

Out the last four games with a broken left hand, Redskins receiver Santana Moss hopes to resume practicing Wednesday.

Go out there and do it and see how it feels, he said Monday morning at Redskin Park. Ive been rehabbing and doing little stuff by myself. Wednesday, Im going to give it a go. There isnt much to get excited about.

Moss said he has no expectations for how he will respond to football-related activities. He has not played since the Week 7 loss at Carolina.

Im just going to go out there, practice and hope it feels the way I want it to feel, he said. I dont know how its going to go. Im trying not to get too crazy about it.

At the time of his injury, Moss had 25 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Moss will test out the hand Tuesday.

Well get a better feel for how his hand feels, Shanahan said. Well put him through drill work to see how his hand reacts to the football.

The Redskins other injured receiver, rookie Niles Paul, has not been cleared to practice because of a turf toe injury sustained against San Francisco.

Very frustrating because, as a player, I want to do all I can to help the team and I havent been able to, Paul said.

Paul played a combined 55 snaps against Carolina and Buffalo but was injured playing special teams against the 49ers. He hopes to re-claim his spot on the depth chart.

It hurts to know I was moving myself up and it feels like Ill be back to square one, Paul said. Ive never dealt with this injury before. Its amazing. I didnt appreciate my big toe until I actually hurt it.

Said Shanahan: The toe is still pretty inflamed. I would say hes probably out this week with a chance next week. I wouldnt say its 100 percent out this week but close to it.

Placing blame

Two plays that were a major topic in the locker room were Jason Wittens 59-yard touchdown catch and Dez Bryants 26-yard overtime catch.

On Wittens play, the Redskins in a cover-2 zone coverage DeJon Gomes and O.J. Atogwe each defended a half of the field. Witten started on Gomes side before he adjusted his route across the field.

Linebacker Perry Riley was initially in coverage and if DeAngelo Hall was correct and said Witten should have been trailed, that falls on Riley. But also, its possible that the coverage should have changed when Witten ran his route, meaning Gomes might have been responsible for trail coverage.

On Bryants catch, which came on third-and-15, Hall and Atogwe were in double coverage. But Hall lost his balance and Atogwe, who started the play at the line showing blitz, was late to recover.

We havent watched the film yet but to my recollection, they made a good play, Atogwe said. All of us on that play could have done something better, definitely myself included because I was at the point of attack and could have played a lot better.

Teammates had Halls back after he blamed himself for the big Bryant completion in overtime.

DeAngelo is a stand-up guy and a man of character so it doesnt surprise me, Atogwe said.

Said nose tackle Barry Cofield: I know thats a guy who really cares and was frustrated. A lot of guys dont play their best, go home and are just glad they got a paycheck. A guy that cares that much is that motivated, you know you have something to work with. The fact he has that attitude and feels that strongly about it, it says a lot about a guy who could feel differently.

Gano still kicker

Despite four misses in the last two games, including a 52-yard attempt in overtime Sunday, Graham Gano remains the Redskins kicker. He is 16-of-24 on the season.

Like everybody, you have to perform and youre hoping he performs at a high level, Shanahan said. When he gets the opportunities, we want him to convert. If you dont take advantage of those opportunities, you dont kick in the NFL very long.

At least publicly, Shanahan said the Redskins have no plans to work out a kicker on Tuesday.

There has to be people out there that you feel are better than him, he said. Unless we find somebody that we think can help our football team win whos better than him.

Shanahan not a Twitter guy

Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney drew attention Sunday night on Twitter for telling a Cowboys fan to get a life of kill yourself. (The post has been since deleted).

Shanahans response?

I have no idea how to even get on Twitter, I really dont, he said.

Shanahan came clean when asked a follow up. Remember, this is a coach who tapes position meetings.

I heard he said something, but I said, Dont tell me until after the press conference so I dont have to comment on it, he said. I was really getting ready for Seattle.

O.J. comes out OK

Atogwe played the majority of snaps after missing two games with knee and toe injuries.

I felt great for the first time this season, he said. I hadnt played in a few weeks and I hadnt been healthy all season. It was almost like the first game of the season again for me. My expectation and hope is that I will get better and Ill work and prepare to get better. Thats what we all need to do to turn this thing around.

Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com.