Redskins' Moss ready to lend a (healed) hand

Redskins' Moss ready to lend a (healed) hand
November 23, 2011, 10:05 pm
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Two days after pins helping his broken hand heal were removed, Redskins receiver Santana Moss participated in his first practice Wednesday since being injured in the Week 7 loss at Carolina.

Moss is expected to make his return Sunday at Seattle.

I believe he will unless theres a setback, coach Mike Shanahan said. It feels great to have him back. He was catching the ball well and coming in and out of his breaks.

The Redskins went 0-4 without Moss and only in the Dallas loss did the passing game show some consistent life.

At the time of his injury, Moss was leading the Redskins with 23 catches and two touchdowns through five games. This is his longest stretch of inactivity since his rookie season 10 years ago with the Jets.

Im anxious just from the standpoint of being on the field and playing ball, Moss said. When youre used to doing it for so long, you have to watch somebody doing it for you and to see us not having success, anything I can do to help, Im looking forward to it.

Said quarterback Rex Grossman: Anytime youve got a guy of his caliber coming back its a huge boost because he can do things not that many people in the NFL can do.

Moss has been a constant around the team during his absence, but he spent much of last week working with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright.

I graduated from his class this week, Moss said. He kept me working, kept me running.

Said Shanahan: Hes been working out pretty good. He couldnt do everything, but hes getting a lot of running in, running a lot of routes but hadnt caught the ball until this week.

Moss hopes he can command extra attention from Seattles defense to the point his teammates get open.

I feel like when Im out there, I get a lot of different looks, he said. Not to say theres anything special about me, but hopefully, if thats the case, somebody else will be wide open and if not, maybe Ill be the guy whos wide open and they forget out me.

Moss will know before Sunday whether hes ready to play.

You dont wait until Sunday to know and thats why Im out here today, he said. From the standpoint of catching and running around, everything was normal.

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