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News & Notes: McNabb to Sit Out Preseason Finale

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As expected, quarterback Donovan McNabb is not scheduled to play in the Redskins' preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

McNabb, sidelined with a sprained ankle, was ruled out of the game by head coach Mike Shanahan.

"I think it's still a little too sore," Shanahan told reporters. "He's getting treatment."

McNabb did not play in the Redskins' 16-11 preseason win over the New York Jets last Friday night.

McNabb finishes his first preseason in Washington with 16-of-34 pass completions for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His QB rating was 71.2.

Does the injury impact McNabb's availability for the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 12?

It seems unlikely considering the injury was originally characterized by Shanahan as not significant.

However, Shanahan would not say for certain on Sunday that McNabb would be available for the regular season opener.

Meantime, Rex Grossman told reporters on Sunday that coaches would hold him out of the preseason finale against Arizona as well.

"That's it for me," he said.

That means either John Beck or Richard Bartel would likely start the Arizona game.

Beck was 7-of-11 for 76 yards in the Jets game, while Bartel was 3-of-5 for 44 yards with one touchdown, a 15-yard screen pass to Larry Johnson.


-- PORTIS ANKLE STILL 'SORE'

Running back Clinton Portis is day to day with a sprained ankle suffered in the New York Jets preseason game last Friday.

Shanahan would not rule out Portis playing in the Arizona preseason game, though.

"It's just a little sore right now," Shanahan said. "I don't think it's too serious. Hopefully it's not a big setback. I would anticipate him being able to practice in a couple days, but I don't know."

On Monday, Portis was on the practice field warming up with teammates for an abbreviated practice. He did not have any tape around his ankles.

It's uncertain who would start at running back if Portis does not play against Arizona. The team could turn to veterans Larry Johnson or Willie Parker or give promising youngsters Ryan Torain or Keiland Williams a shot.

Portis has nine carries for 39 yards in the Redskins' first three preseason games. He also has one catch for five yards.


-- PARKER SAYS PRESSURE'S OFF

Last week, Willie Parker admitted he was feeling some pressure to perform well in the Jets preseason game last Friday.

He produced just 16 yards on eight carries, though.

On Sunday, he said "there's no pressure" anymore despite the fact that he has not locked up a roster spot.

"Whatever happens is going to happen regardless of how everyone looks at it," Parker said. "All I can do is go out there and play my game and have fun doing it.".

Parker said he feels ready for the regular season, should he be on the Redskins' final roster.

"All I needed to do was get hit, and I got hit, so I'm pretty much ready," he said.


-- SELLERS IMPROVING

Fullback Mike Sellers tested his knee injury on Sunday by running a series of sprints with teammates during practice.

Sellers said he felt "pretty good" afterwards.

"It's coming along just the way it's supposed to," Sellers said. "It's about me just getting out and running around some more."

Sellers is questionable for the Redskins' preseason finale against Arizona, according to Mike Shanahan.


-- RILEY HAS FOOT SPRAIN

Rookie linebacker Perry Riley sat out Sunday's practice due to a sprained foot.

Riley suffered the injury in the Jets preseason game. He was seen wearing a walking boot on the practice field.

Mike Shanahan called the injury "mild."

"Hopefully he's not out too long," Shanahan said. "He's day to day."

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