When Mike Shanahan spoke with reporters on Monday, the session was held via teleconference rather than in the auditorium at Redskins Park usual. That was, of course, because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
Shanahan was asked if he thought there would be any issues with the team’s practice bubble, the huge, air-supported structure the Redskins christened this spring. “I’m hoping that when I come to work tomorrow morning, it’s still up,” he cracked. “With 70 mile per hour winds, I'm just hoping it’s still there when I wake up and it’s not somewhere on [highway] 267.”
As it turns out, the practice facility was just fine, something that our Tarik El-Bashir confirmed this morning as he drove by Redskins Park. It appears that the facility has power and is up and running as normal.
The heavy rains that lasted most of the day and night did create some minor flooding around the practice fields. Nick Sundberg tweeted out this picture (@NickSundberg):
That is the AstroTurf field closest in the shot with the water around it. That is never used for practice. It looks like the far fields in the shot, the ones they actually use for practice, are in good shape. Even if the fields are still soggy tomorrow they could go in the bubble for a day—that’s why the built it—and proceed with normal preparations.
We have yet to receive the media schedule for the rest of this week but it appears that there is no reason for it to be anything but normal. And the weather forecast for Sunday’s game calls for it to be sunny with a high in the mid-50’s.
Spared the worst of the wrath of Sandy, it looks like the Redskins will be in a state that every NFL teams loves to be in—doing business as usual.