Talking Points: Will Davis and Williams play?

Talking Points: Will Davis and Williams play?
November 3, 2011, 11:07 am
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The Redskins will conduct their final full practice in preparation for the San Francisco 49ers today. There are some injury questions up in the air as well as concerns about how the Redskins are going to move the ball against a 49ers team that is leading the NFL in scoring defense, allowing just over 15 points per game.But first up will be defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and well talk to him about how his team, which has been struggling against the run recently, is going to stop Frank Gore. The 49ers running back has been averaging 6.5 yards per carry over the last four games and he hasnt rushed for less than 125 yards in any of them.Gore also will be a topic of discussion in the locker room as we ask the defensive players what they have seen of him on film. And even though we might not get any straight answers, well try to find out if they are thinking of shuffling the offensive line, possibly moving Will Montgomery back to center and putting rookie Maurice Hurt in at guard. Mike Shanahan has not ruled out moves like that and it seems that he would be more inclined to do so if Trent Williams is able to play.Williams, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered against the Eagles, practiced on a limited basis yesterday. Tight end Fred Davis, who came out of last Sundays game with a grade 1 ankle sprain, did not practice yesterday. We will keep a close eye on the status of the Redskins leading receiver.After practice we will talk to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the first time since his units inept performance in Buffalo. We will ask what went wrong to create the goose egg on the scoreboard and to allow 10 sacks, the most in a game in team history. The play calling, which Mike Shanahan defended, also will be discussed. And, looking forward, we'll ask about the challenges of moving the ball against that tough San Francisco defense, which leads the league by a wide margin in allowing just 73 yards per game on the ground.