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Cam says he's 'a big RG3 fan'

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Cam says he's 'a big RG3 fan'

As Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III faced off Sunday at FedEx, whether the two quarterbacks liked it or not the comparisons were inevitable. Both young signal callers were Heisman winners, they're mobile, they both had (and are having) breakout rookie seasons and the list goes on...oh and both have been charged with leading their teams out of obscurity. No pressure, no diamonds, right?

Anyways, Griffin addressed being likened to Newton prior to the match-up saying,

“We do run similar schemes. There’s a lot of similarities. But I don’t know. I’d rather be compared to an Aaron Rodgers or a guy like that, someone who’s won Super Bowls."

A fairly innocuous comment, but it did sound as though RG3 was growing tired of being in anyone's shadow as the rookie has demonstrated he can hold his own in this league. One thing is for sure, however, the comment simply provided more fuel for the media fire as Washington set to host Carolina.

Newton had a poignant rebuttal for the comment, which came in the form of a 21-13 victory over Redskins Sunday during Washington's Homecoming no less. Newton also addressed the comments in his post game press conference,

“But for you guys to know, I’m a big RG3 fan...I can’t be at his head because he said he didn’t want to be like me. That’s nothing that I have to frown upon. That’s him and what he thinks and what makes him Robert Griffin III and I think what makes me Cameron Newton.”

Perhaps notching the 'W' helped, but Cam did not shy away from giving Robert a little advice after the game and had high praise for the rookie,

"I did speak to him, and what I told him was kind of personal. His skillset and what he brings to this football game is very rare. I know it, you know it, everybody knows it, and I just told him in a synopsis to keep going, to keep fighting because it’s a long season and with his skillset he can have a long career.”

Griffin was a little more candid about the exchange,

“He gave me his number, told me to contact him. Basically, we are both two young quarterbacks in this league trying to get better, trying to lead our teams to victory. I told him I think that his team has a lot of talent and the possibilities are endless for them and I feel the same way about our team. The media will say the record is what you are, but I just don’t feel like our record is what we are.”

Newton further supported the notion that regardless of the match-up it's all about winning and improving the team's record, 

“RGIII and knowing RGIII and just getting the win is important to me. I respect RG and everything that he does and especially with this defense that’s led by London Fletcher. Those guys, we beat a good team especially at their house… I just think anytime you get an opportunity to win in this football league you have to reward yourself. I say just winning was important to me.”

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Injuries to Lauvao, Lichtensteiger force strange shift on Redskins offensive line

Injuries to Lauvao, Lichtensteiger force strange shift on Redskins offensive line

Injuries are pummeling the Redskins offensive line as both starting center Kory Lichtensteiger and left guard Shawn Lauvao are out for Washington. Redskins PR announced Lichtensteiger injured his calf and Lauvao injured his ankle.

The injuries forced some bizarre substitutions for the 'Skins. Spencer Long came in to play center, and without another backup giard on the active roster, veteran Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams moved to left guard. Ty Nsekhe then took Williams' spot at left tackle.

Watching Williams at left guard is going to be odd for Redskins fans accustomed to 71 on the outside. For Kirk Cousins, working with Spencer Long is also a unique challenge.

Should the Redskins sustain another offensive line injury, there are no more offensive line substitutes available. A tight end would likely have to come in and play tackle, or something more bizarre and unusual.

RELATED: Hall out after being helped off the field with knee injury

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DeAngelo Hall helped off the field with knee injury

DeAngelo Hall helped off the field with knee injury

Moments before the two minute warning in the first half of the Redskins game against the Giants safety DeAngelo Hall was helped off the field. It appeared Hall could put no weight on his right leg and was seen grasping his knee.

Redskins PR announced that Hall sprained his right knee and will not return to the game.

In nine years with the Redskins, Hall has started 94 games though this year he was converting to free safety after playing cornerback his whole career. A veteran leader for Washington, any absence for Hall will be a blow to the team both on the field and in the locker room.

With Hall out, the Redskins will need more from Will Blackmon and possibly Duke Ihenacho at safety. Deshazor Everett also could get snaps alongside David Bruton.

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