Redskins notes: Torain expected back

Redskins notes: Torain expected back
December 8, 2010, 11:43 pm
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 6:42 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer
CSNwashington.com

Out since halftime of the Redskins game Oct. 31 at Detroit with a hamstring injury, running back Ryan Torain went through a limited practice Wednesday but is expected to be available Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Torain was full go but the injury report listed him as limited.

The Redskins rank 27th in rushing offense (89.3 yards game) and have struggled without Torain and Clinton Portis.

Left tackle Trent Williams (shoulder) went through the full practice after playing only a few possessions against the Giants.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring) and safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) participated in the morning walk-through but were not present to watch the afternoon practice.

Rogers is nursing injuries to both hamstrings.

Haynesworth Leftovers
Some additional reaction to Albert Haynesworth being suspended four games without pay.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb: "It was a decision made by the coach and I think us as players have to go with whatever decision that's made. I think the relief of the whole deal is the fact that it could possibly be over. And you focus in on what we need to do instead of not answering questions all the time."

Defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday: "In this locker room, there are only 53 guys so it's not like he wasn't a part of the team. I talked to him last night and he's consistent in the fact that he would love to come and finish out the season. That's not the case so we'll see how it plays out."

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander: "There's nobody like him in the league as far as being that big, that athletic and that powerful. We'll definitely miss him on third down situations. He definitely closed the pocket up, allowing Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter to put some pressure on the edges."

Shanahan: "I'm very happy with how we handled it. You obviously always want it to work out."

Rogers: "I was surprised but I just knew something was going to happen. With all the things going around here, something was bound to happen. From my standpoint, I haven't paid any mind to what he has been doing so it wasn't a distraction to me. I'm not out there covering a receiver worried about Albert."

Shanahan On McDaniels
Shanahan was asked about the Denver Broncos firing his replacement, Josh McDaniels, on Monday. Owner Pat Bowlen will be paying both coaches not to work for him next year.

"Number one, it's always tough to get fired, Shanahan said. "My first job, Josh lasted a lot longer than I did with the Raiders so I commend him for beating me and hopefully his career turns out like mine did. Sometimes that first job isn't right. I know Josh is a sharp guy and hopefully he bounces back, gets his opportunity and takes advantage of it."

Quick Kicks
The local media will get around to the Buccaneers on Thursday. Shanahan's post-practice press conference consisted of Albert Haynesworth and injury questions.

Linebacker London Fletcher, a defensive co-captain, was the only player who talked to the media who declined to answer any Haynesworth-related questions.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels' latest beef is with former Redskins returner Brian Mitchell, currently a contributor to Comcast SportsNet and 106.7 The Fan and was critical of Shanahan's handling of the Haynesworth situation, adding that Daniels' performance "sucked" against the Giants.

Daniels fired back on Twitter and told reporters Wednesday: "When I'm up there on stage and doing post-game shows, none of that is said. "It's sad that he would target me like that and I never said anything about anybody's play on the field. All I said was play for your teammates. I guess he's trying to get his ratings up."

Tampa Bay has been installed as the two-point favorite.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com