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After two months away, Chris Cooley reports for work

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After two months away, Chris Cooley reports for work

Although Chris Cooley signed a contract 48 hours ago, his return to the NFL became official Wednesday at Redskins Park.

Cooley moved back into his old locker at the team's Ashburn practice facility. He attended position meetings and, as he said, took notes like a "high schooler". He pulled on his cleats, buckled his helmet and walked down to the practice field. 

“It’s great to be back,” he said. “It’s exciting for me. I woke up like a little kid. It’s a normal day of work.”

After eight years of going through the rigors of professional football, Cooley said he enjoyed his brief time away from the game. But he also hinted that he was hoping for another shot, particularly since things didn’t end on his terms when he was released in August.

“I didn’t want to be done when I was done. It wasn’t my choice,” he said. “The time [away] definitely wasn’t a bad time. It was time for me to do whatever I wanted. It was a good break. But at the same time, this is the way I hoped things would have played out for my career. So I’m thrilled to be here.”

Cooley also said the one thing the hiatus made him realize is how popular he remains among among fans. 

“I’ve had unbelievable support from not only our fan base, but our staff, players and everyone in my life," he said. "It’s been pretty unbelievable the way people feel about me and the way people feel about me playing. I can say that the Redskins have made my cellphone very, very popular this year.”

Cooley reiterated that he’s kept himself in good shape. But the 30-year-old also acknowledged that Wednesday's practice will be telling.

“I feel great physically,” he said. “I’m excited to get out on a field and run around and actually play football. You never really know until you start running. Football is a different world than your usual workout. But I think it will be a quick transition.” 

As of Wednesday morning, Cooley said he still hadn’t been told by the coaching staff how exactly he’ll be utilized Sunday in Pittsburgh. But does know this much: he needs to brush up on his terminology in the coming days.

“The verbiage is there for me, and everything that we’ve always done is there,” Cooley said. “But some of our run plays have the longest play calls in the world. So it’s just learning how to pick up all the terms and put yourself where you need to be.”

Cooley said he has quickly settled right back into his old routine. But, he joked, it’s going to take some of his teammates a little time to get used to seeing him around again.

“I think half of them thought I was just here to do my Larry Michael show on Wednesdays,” he said, smiling. “It was like, ‘Hey, you didn’t dress up today.’”

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Redskins vs Buccaneers: 5 things to watch in game with major weather concerns

Redskins vs Buccaneers: 5 things to watch in game with major weather concerns

TAMPA - Originally scheduled for Thursday night, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game to Wednesday night in advance of approaching Tropical Storm Nine. All the coverage starts on CSN at 7 p.m., and despite this being the last exhibition game, there is plenty to watch.

  1. Talk about the weather - This game was moved up 24 hours in a plan to get the Redskins out of Florida safely. Expect heavy rain to dominate the action; here's a preview from NOAA.gov website, "South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible."
  2. How to move the ball - Many offenses are weather-proof, but few offenses are Tropical Storm proof. If the weather is significant enough - and most forecasts call for significant rain - it will be tough for either offense to move the ball, especially considering both offenses will be guided by mostly third-stringers. It will be tough for coaches to truly evaluate what happens Wednesday night if the weather is as bad as some predictions.
  3. Roster crunch - The Redskins cut veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea on Tuesday. That means good news for the newly-signed Cullen Jenkins as well as Terrance Garvin. Jenkins has been with the team less than a week, so it will be interesting to see if he even dresses for Wednesday's game. Garvin is a player that should play in Tampa, but it will be interesting to see how much the staff puts him on the field.
  4. Su'a show? - Most 2016 draft picks will play Wednesday in Tampa, though we know first-round rookie Josh Doctson will not play against the Bucs. What about second-round pick Su'a Cravens? After a strong training camp and preseason, Cravens is obviously part of the team's plans this fall. He figures to be on the field a lot when the games matter, so will Cravens be on the field when they don't?
  5. Keeping it real - Coaches will say all the right things about this game being about competition, and players will do the same. But considering a large portion of the Redskins team won't even make the trip from D.C. to Tampa for the fourth preseason game - due to weather - will the guys in Florida be truly ready for the game? It's such a unique situation that it's impossible to predict.

Stay with @JPFinlayCSN all day for updates -weather and otherwise - from Tampa. And tune into CSN @ 7 p.m. for live coverage from Raymond James Stadium. 

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Redskins Preseason Schedule: Week 4 vs. Buccaneers, Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Redskins Preseason Schedule: Week 4 vs. Buccaneers, Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Redskins' final 2016 NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved a day earlier and will be held on Wednesday, August 31.

Impending incliment weather in the greater Tampa Bay area forced the NFL and the teams to schedule the game a day earlier.

Here is everything you need to know about the Redskins' Week 4 preseason game against the Buccaneers.

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Who: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What: Week 4 of the 2016 NFL Preseason

Where: Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Fla.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, August 31

TV Channel: CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass

Radio: Redskins Radio Network (Frequency Finder)

 

Washington Redskins 2016 Preseason Schedule: 

Week 1 (Thurs., 8/11): at Atlanta Falcons (25 - 19 L)

Week 2 (Fri., 8.19): vs. New York Jets (22 - 18 W)

Week 3 (Fri., 8/26): vs. Buffalo Bills  (21 - 16 W)

Week 4 (Thurs., 9/1): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET only on CSN Mid-Atlantic​.

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Forced to make decision on rookie, Redskins move Keith Marshall to injured reserve

Forced to make decision on rookie, Redskins move Keith Marshall to injured reserve

The Redskins liked rookie running back Keith Marshall, and the team gave the former Georgia Bulldog every chance to make the roster.

Ultimately he did not get that chance, as an elbow injury will land Marshall on the injured reserve.

Marshall sustained the injury in the team's third preseason game against the Bills. Even before the elbow injury, Marshall failed to capitalize on the opportunity to backup Matt Jones.

In games against the Jets and the Falcons, Marshall struggled to gain much ground and eventually he slid behind Robert Kelley on the team's depth chart.

For now, it appears Kelley is a lock for the Redskins 53-man roster and Marshall heads to the IR. 

Scot McCloughan and the 'Skins also made two other roster moves to get the squad to the 75-man limit following this morning's release of veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea. Tight end Derek Carrier was moved to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and rookie WR Reggie Diggs was waived with an injured designation.

Carrier's move to the PUP list was expected, and Diggs had little chance to make the roster as an undrafted receiver even before an injury limited his training camp.

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