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Torain, Banks Return to Practice


Running back Ryan Torain and wide receiver Brandon Banks are expected to play in this Thursday's preseason finale vs. Tampa Bay at FedExField.

Both were standouts in last year's Redskins offense, but both have struggled with injuries and could be competing for a roster spot on Thursday.

Torain returned to practice on Saturday after missing three weeks with a broken hand.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said that coaches have a good idea of what Torain can do in the Redskins' offense based on his productivity last year.

"But you have to stay healthy," Shanahan added, referring to Torain's history of injuries.

Banks was also back at practice on Monday. He has missed the last two preseason games with knee soreness. He has sat out practice sporadically since training camp began.

"Hopefully, when he tests his knee [in practice], it won't swell up again," Shanahan said. "He looks like he's a go for this game against Tampa."

Banks was able to play in the Redskins' preseason opener vs. Pittsburgh and he had a 58-yard kickoff return and a 16-yard punt return.

With Torain sidelined, Tim Hightower emerged as the Redskins' feature back. Terrence Austin replaced Banks on kick returns and played well while also making a strong impression on offense.

Meantime, wide receiver Malcolm Kelly remains sidelined with a foot injury. Shanahan said it "doesn't look good" for Kelly to be available to play in the preseason finale.

It's unlikely the team would consider placing Kelly on injured reserve this year, given the nature of the injury, Shanahan said.

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