Redskins are banged up today

The list of players who didn't practice fully Wednesday for the Washington Redskins is a little longer than usual. Here's the breakdown:

Right tackle Jammal Brown (hip), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (back), right tackle Stephon Heyer (ankle), safety LaRon Landry (Achilles), Donovan McNabb (hamstring), safety Kareem Moore (knee), linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle), fullback Mike Sellers (foot) and running back Chad Simpson (hamstring).

Coach Mike Shanahan told reporters it would be a couple of weeks before running back Clinton Portis is able to return to practice from a groin injury. Ryan Torain has obviously done a nice job as the feature back and it's hard to imagine Shanahan replacing him in the starting lineup. Portis has said he'll accept whatever role he's asked to play, and I believe him.

Portis was playing well before he suffered the injury, but not at the level of what Torain's doing right now. We'll keep you updated on all the Skins injuries. I'd keep a close on Brown's hip injury. Shanahan admitted this week that it's been bothering the former Saints star.

With the other injuries, I think the Skins are simply being cautious. This is no time to be resting key players when you have a chance to improve to 5-3 heading into the bye.