By Ben Standig
Spring practices – organized team activities if you prefer – are not mandatory in the NFL, but attendance is preferred. Actually, in the case of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan showing up or at the minimum being accountable is expected. Through two weeks of OTAs, so far, so good.
“We’ve had some good work, guys are working hard, we got some competition – that’s what you look for in these OTA days,” Shanahan said following Thursday’s outdoor practice at Redskins Park. “We’ve got 100% attendance. If a guy has missed, it’s been an excused absence.”
On this day nose tackle Barry Cofield and safety Tanard Jackson were the only Redskins not in attendance and Shanahan said the pair was excused.
Others on hand but not fully practicing included Leonard Hankerson (hip), Brian Orakpo (pectoral), Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), Adam Carriker (foot blisters), Steven Bowen (knee), Jonathan Goff (knee) and running back Tim Hightower, still recovering from November’s knee surgery. Otherwise, it was an all hands on deck situation.