…Right tackle Tyler Polumbus was limited Thursday and still has not been cleared for full practice. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said if Polumbus passes the concussion test Friday then he will practice.
Polumbus did not play Sunday after suffering a concussion in a Dec. 16 win over Cleveland. Shanahan said he wants to see how Polumbus practices before saying whether or not he would even start. If he does not start, then Maurice Hurt would do so for a second consecutive game.
Safety DeJone Gomes (MCL knee sprain) and linebacker London Fletcher (sprained ankle) were limited in practice.
…Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith long has been a big fan of Lorenzo Alexander. So he was thrilled to see him earn a Pro Bowl berth Wednesday.
“He plays with passion; you root for guys like that,” Smith said. “You support people like that. They’re easy to coach. They’re fun to coach. They excite a football team and I think he has excited this team with his play and the way it has carried on to other people in other phases….No guy is more deserving.”
…Quarterback Robert Griffin III said he received some ribbing from the offensive linemen when he entered the huddle Thursday. Yes, it stemmed from Griffin making the Pro Bowl (along with left tackle Trent Williams).
“All the offensive linemen said, ‘Aw, man, we can’t tell this guy anything anymore,’ “ Griffin said. “They can poke and prod at me, but it’s nothing that bothers me. They know that they have a part in that as well, because they’ve protected me and they’ve blocked for Alfred and they’ve been the reason that we’ve won this year.”
…Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware exited last week’s loss to New Orleans early with a banged-up right shoulder that, he told Cowboys reporters, might require offseason surgery. He’s also dealt with elbow and ankle injuries this season. But Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he sees no difference in his play. Ware has 11 ½ sacks – eight fewer than in 2011.
“I know he’s banged up; he’s not out there quite as much,” Shanahan said. “But when he’s out there he’s a factor. He’s the same guy he’s always been. If you’re not careful he can take over a game.”
…Kyle Shanahan said of Griffin’s lack of running vs. Philadelphia: “We held him back some, but it was more the game plan from a schematic standpoint. We ran him here and there, not as much. There weren’t as many pull reads and stuff, but he got a couple opportunities. I think he gets healthier each week. It’s only natural to get better. We’ll see what happens this week.”
…Few players receive more criticism from fans than safety Reed Doughty. Yet few players have more fans among the coaches than Doughty. Here’s why:
“He’s a warrior,” Mike Shanahan said. “He does everything you ask him to do. When people go down he plays at a high level at safety. He’s a difference maker on special teams. He’s the type of guy you need on your team to win. He can do everything he possibly can to make your team successful. He’ll be prepared, he’ll do all the little things the right way and he’s a guy who can come in and play strong safety and free safety.”