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Need to Know: Davis’ workload ramping up

Aug 15, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 15, four days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

A big test for Davis

RICHMOND—Fred Davis saw his first on-field football action since October 21 last week when he played 13 snaps against the Titans. His brief appearance was a success as he caught two passes for 14 yards including one for a touchdown.

His surgically repaired Achilles tendon will be put to a greater test on Monday night when the Redskins take on the Steelers at FedEx Field.

“Fred will play more than he did in the first game,” said Mike Shanahan. “He will probably play close to half.”

That would mean about 35 snaps for Davis. He will need to be in what Shanahan likes to call “football shape” to play well. Shanahan believes that Davis’ conditioning is fine.

The coach is pleased with Davis’ play. “What I have seen thus far in camp is very encouraging because he has played well, he has caught the ball well, he has blocked well, and hopefully he can continue to do that,” said Shanahan.

Shanahan should continue to be happy with Davis as long as the tight end avoids the type of goofy TD celebrations like the one he pulled out against the Titans. That cost the Redskins 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

It may be a coincidence, but on Monday, the first practice day after the Tennessee game, Davis spend some time lining up with the scrubs. Or it may have been Shanahan sending a message that there are consequences for committing dumb penalties.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

12:00—Jim Haslett news conference followed by Kyle Shananan

12:40–Single practice, players and assistant coaches available coming off the field

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