Redskins KR-PR Banks out 2-3 weeks after knee op

Washington Redskins return man Brandon Banks is expected to miss

two to three weeks after having knee surgery during the bye

week.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Banks was injured in last

week’s game against the Detroit Lions and felt sore after practice

two days later. An MRI revealed a torn meniscus, and Banks had his

operation Wednesday.

The undrafted rookie from Kansas State has been a spark plug for

the special teams. He ranks third in the NFL in punt returns with a

13.8-yard average and ninth in kickoff returns with a 27.3-yard

average. His long returns, including a 96-yard kickoff runback for

a touchdown, directly led to 22 of Washington’s points in the 37-25

loss to the Lions.

”It’s definitely going to make our job harder getting blocks

and stuff,” said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, one of the

Redskins’ top special teams players. ”Because you don’t always

have to get the perfect block for a guy like that because he can

outrun a lot of guys, so definitely a big hit for our special teams

units.”

The Redskins on Monday also placed backup safety Chris Horton on

season-ending injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. Safety

Anderson Russell was promoted from the practice squad to take

Horton’s spot on the roster.

Washington also added safety Sha’reff Rashad and receiver Taurus

Johnson to the practice squad and released receiver Ray Small from

the practice squad.