It’s hard to say if Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are anxiously awaiting the return of Jammal Brown or not. He was eligible to return from the PUP list and start practicing on Wednesday but he did not and he may not any time soon.
“He is running. He is getting in better shape,” said Shanahan. “I don’t think he is ready for any football related drills, but he has made some strides. I think he is feeling very good.
“I would think it would be a chance after the bye week or during the bye week that he might be able to start practicing and that is just a guess at this time, but there is a chance. He is getting better.”
Tyler Polumbus has been playing right tackle in Brown’s place. Although he has been the weak link on the line much of the season he is playing somewhat better of late and from what Shanahan said there is no guarantee that Brown would just slide back into the starting job he held for the past two seasons.
“You have to see how he practices first, exactly where he is at and what level of play does he have,” he said. “Nobody takes over his position until they can prove that they can play at a higher level, regardless of if that person has been a starter or not.”
The Redskins have until the Tuesday after their Week 9 game against Carolina to have Brown start practicing. They have 21 days from when he starts practicing to activate him. So, he could be activated anywhere between this week’s game and their Week 13 game against the Giants.
It appears that the activation will come late rather than sooner.