*On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, Redskins HC Mike Shanahan addressed the media following afternoon practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA. *
On Hankerson's injury:
"He hurt the top of his foot in his house. I don't know if he tripped on the stairs or did something with the kids. It was something to do with the family."
On safety Brandon Meriweather's one-game suspension:
"It is what it is. They looked at it and felt like he deserved a one-game suspension. We talked about things yesterday relative to the hits and what we're trying to do, but he won't be with us this weekend and we'll deal with that and we'll go from there."
On if he agrees with the suspension:
"There're a lot of guys that have some fines in the past and what determines them to be suspended, I'm not really sure, you know, with the appeal process. But even if he did come back to play this week, it would have been hard for him to come back missing a couple days, going through the game plan, missing practice. So it's not the ideal system right now, but it is what it is and we'll deal with it."
On Meriweather not being able to with the team at the facility during his suspension:
"I think in a perfect world, if somebody was going to go through an appeal process, what you'd like to be able to do is maybe suspend somebody for the next game. It's going to take a few days to look at it and go through the process, go to New York, have your hearing. But to actually not be able to be in the facility for two or three days, then find out on a Thursday or possibly a Friday that he could play, he would miss all that work, all that preparation, so it would be hard for him to play anyhow. Anyway, it's something that I'm sure we'll talk about in the offseason, but it is tough for any team to lose somebody. But as you go through an appeal, the earliest you can come back is Thursday and you've already missed a couple days of preparation."
On if Meriweather went to New York City for his appeal hearing:
"I'm not sure if he went to New York or his agent did or exactly what did happen."
On if he has talked with tight end Fred Davis about his role:
"Yeah, I talked to Fred the last couple weeks – sat down with him – especially when he was inactive about what it takes to play in this league, responsibilities, accountabilities, why people do play, why they don't."
On what he wants to see from Davis:
"I'm not going to go through it. I'm just saying I sat down with Fred and I told him why he wasn't dressing and, if he wanted to dress, what he had to do."
On if the offense needs to play a near-perfect game in order to compete with the Broncos' offense:
"I think everybody, to beat Denver – Denver's playing very well, moving the ball as good as anybody's ever moved it, scoring a lot of points. Anytime you're scoring almost 43 points a game, that's pretty impressive. So, yeah, you've got to play great in all three phases – offense, defense and special teams. You've got to go into a pretty hostile environment where a team is coming off a loss. You know we're going to get their best shot and they're going to get ours."
On if safety Bacarri Rambo will have confidence issues resulting from the layoff since his last game action:
"Well, every time that you're practicing, you're competing. It's not a long layoff because they practice every day. Even though they don't – or he doesn't – have a lot of game situations to reflect back on, you're expecting people to be ready. Just like an injury, if somebody gets injured, we expect that person to come in and play at a very high level."
On if Rambo has improved since his last game:
"You're hoping. You'll find out on game day."
On weighing between trading a potentially valuable reserve like Davis in return for something valuable in the future:
"I think that's a good point. That's what people do and then you make a decision that if you think you need a draft choice or you think that this person's going to help you later on in the year, especially with an injury… The thing that I thought Fred [Davis] has done is he's had an excellent week of practice. Anytime people compete, you feel good about who they are and what they do."
On his talk with Davis:
"When I talk to someone like Fred, we talk about why somebody is dressing or isn't dressing. We talk about accountability, why we think somebody's accountable or gets the ability to start over another person. So what I like to do, if somebody has been starting and they have been part of your football team and all of a sudden they're inactive, you let them know why and what it takes to get back to being an active player and do the things that he's capable of doing."
On if he is pleased with how Davis has responded:
"I thought he's had a good practice this week."
On if he has spoken with any of his friends from Denver, such as Broncos' Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway:
"I haven't really talked with anybody this week in Denver. I know I'm doing a number of interviews today. I was going to wait until later on today to do it and probably a few tomorrow for the first time. Last time I talked with John was – I played golf with him at the owners' meetings last year, but besides that, we've had limited conversations."
On how having linebacker Von Miller changes the Broncos' defense:
"Well, he's a great player. Everybody knows what type of ability he has – great pass rusher. It always takes a guy a game or two to get back in shape. I'm sure he's no different, but he looked good when he was out there."