Redskins wake-up call

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins return to practice after a scheduled day off Tuesday. They practice at 8:35 a.m. and have a walk-through at 4:15 p.m. Highs are supposed to be in the mid-80s with a 20 percent chance of rain. I will not be doing traffic reports.

Three areas to monitor Wednesday:

  1. Pierre Garcon's hamstring. It was described as minor so I'm assuming he'll return to the practice field. Garcon was walking fine as he left the field Monday. For what it's worth, Santana Moss worked in his place during that practice (in the regular season I would assume Andre Roberts would take over). Moss is having the sort of camp you would expect: Solid. There's a difference between him and the young receivers.

  2. Other injuries. It's almost at the six-week mark for defensive end Jason Hatcher. There's no need to rush him back, but I'll be curious to find out what they're saying and if he'll return soon. Typically, Jay Gruden will say he'll return when ready. Hatcher said last week he's on schedule. If this was a four-to-six week recovery after the surgery then that would mean he would soon return. I think it's fine to be extra cautious with him, but just curious what's up. Corner Courtney Bridget went for an MRI on his right shoulder after Monday's practice.

  3. Practice tempo. After five days in pads followed by a day off, how are the players upon their return? Refreshed? Or sluggish? In the grand scheme it won't really matter, but the Redskins have had spirited workouts so if that somehow changes it's worth noting if nothing else.