The Redskins will not practice today as the Washington area recovers from the effects of Hurricane Irene. They really won’t miss out on much in terms of preparation, however.
Normally, players are off two days after a game. They practiced on Saturday following their Thursday preseason game in Baltimore so today’s session would have been an “extra” practice.
Also consider that they aren’t preparing for this game with nearly the intensity that they would for a regular season game or even last week’s preseason game. This game is more about individual performances and keeping players healthy than it is about schemes and game plans (even though both John Beck and Rex Grossman might play).
There are some players who could use the extra work. Ryan Torain practiced on Saturday for the first time since suffering a broken hand and he is expected to see his first preseason action against the Bucs. Brandon Banks has practice sporadically since the first exhibition game and he was supposed to go back to work today.
And there are about 10 players who will regret the missed opportunity that today’s cancelled practice represents. The roster will be trimmed down to 80 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Players on the bubble need every opportunity they can get to persuade the coaches to let them stick around. The chance to play in the final preseason game could be the difference between getting a shot with another team and not.
Things should be back to a normal schedule tomorrow.