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BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says quarterback Donovan McNabb's sprained left ankle could affect his availability for the Sept. 12 season opener, but McNabb's teammates fully expect him to play against Dallas that night.
"He's a warrior," fullback Mike Sellers said. "He fights through stuff like that. He's all right. He'll be all right."
Sellers was one of several players who did not seem concerned that McNabb might not play. He jokingly called McNabb "Big Softie."
"We've just got to nurture him, make sure he's OK, baby him a little bit," Sellers said with a smile.
McNabb speaks to reporters only once a week, and he was not made available to reporters yesterday. He did not practice, though, and Shanahan would say only that he's being evaluated on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, teammates downplayed concerns about McNabb's inability to practice with the offense leading up to the opener.
"I'm not nervous," receiver Santana Moss said. "You have little obstacles that come up every year that
The Redskins yesterday completed two trades with the St. Louis Rams, one involving sixth-round draft pick Dennis Morris.
Washington sent Morris, a tight end, to St. Louis in exchange for a conditional draft pick. In a separate transaction, the Redskins dealt a conditional draft pick to the Rams for defensive end/linebacker Hall Davis.