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Redskins quick hitters: injury updates, Shanahan admits mistake

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Photo - Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, meets with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. Washington won 27-20. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, meets with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. Washington won 27-20. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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  1. There’s no issue with Robert Griffin III’s knee after Sunday’s win over Philadelphia.  Coach Mike Shanahan said there were no limitations on Griffin. “Doctors OK’d him, he’s cleared full speed ready to go.”
  2. However, safety DeJon Gomes has a second degree sprain of the MCL in his knee. That’s the same grade as center Will Montgomery, who did not miss a game. But the fact that Gomes plays safety – and relies more on speed and cutting ability – will play a factor as to whether or not he plays. The coaches will know more on Wednesday.
  3. Shanahan said right tackle Tyler Polumbus was feeling better, but they won’t know his status until he comes in for a workout, either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
  4. Shanahan was pleased with Polumbus’ replacement, Maurice Hurt, who had worked mostly at guard in his one-plus years with Washington. “He did one heck of a job,” Shanahan said.
  5. The coaches will work until 6 p.m. Monday night and will report back to work between 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday (depending on their kid situation).  They’re leaving much earlier and coming in later than usual for a Monday/ Tuesday. But the coaches worked longer hours Friday and Saturday to get ahead so they could have a few hours off.
  6. Shanahan said he never consulted with his coaches in the booth about the backwards pass by Griffin. Why? Because when he saw the play on the scoreboard it looked clear to him that it was a forward pass. So he threw the challenge flag. “When I threw it I had everyone upstairs saying that was a lateral,” Shanahan said. “I screwed that one up. I threw it quicker than I should have. When I saw it right away I thought that thing was definitely a forward pass. I was wrong.”
  7. Nose tackle Barry Cofield played yet another good game. “He’s been playing good all season, but it almost looks like he’s picking it up,” Shanahan said. “You can see him making plays a lot of nose tackles can’t make.”
  8. Shanahan said he did not think about going for it on fourth and 1 in the fourth quarter. He wanted to play field position and force the Eagles to drive a long way – which they nearly did, falling five yards short.
  9. Shanahan said Sunday’s game vs. Dallas is the kind that players will “remember… for the rest of your life. You want to take advantage of these opportunities because a lot of people don’t get them.”
  10. Shanahan on why the locker room was, as he said, under control following Sunday’s win: “We have a goald and that’s not just to be in the playoffs, but to do something when you get there.”

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