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Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

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Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

Last week, we talked about reports that the Eagles were going to cut the salary of left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon while working out near his home, by 3.5 million. That is the same amount they will have to pay Demetress Bell, the player signed to play left tackle in Peters absence.As noted in the article, the Eagles have every right to deduct the money; in fact, they could have not paid Peters at all since he was injured away from the team facility. They told Peters they were docking his pay for salary cap reasons. The Eagles are about 16.8 million under the cap.The Ravens face a similar situation in regards to linebacker Terrell Suggs. He also tore his Achilles while working out near his home. The NFL defensive player of the year is due 4.9 million in 2012 and according to a report the Ravens are going to pay him all of it even if he cant come back late in the season as he hopes.The Ravens are in a much less comfortable cap position than the Eagles are. As of March 30 they were about 1.7 million under. The Baltimore Sun report gives some reasons why this is the logical move for the organization. Jeff Zrebiec says that docking Suggs pay would send a bad message to the rest of the team, could mar Suggs future with the team and, besides, there is no indication that Suggs did anything wrong.The exact same reasons for the Ravens giving their injured player 100 percent of his pay could apply to the Eagles and Peters, who, like Suggs, is arguably his teams best player.Again, what the Eagles did was perfectly legal according to the CBA. But given that Peters wasnt doing anything high risk like skiing or skydiving when he got injured and that he was jus trying to get in shape to do his job, it doesnt seem quite right.Look at it this way. If you are an NFL free agent and you are deciding between comparable offers between Philly and Baltimore, where are you going to play?

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Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

FEDEX FIELD - Kirk Cousins' night is likely over and the Redskins quarterback experienced a tale of two quarters. He struggled early, but recovered well, going 12 of 23 for 188 yards and three touchdowns to go with one interception. 

One week after a surprise healthy scratch against the Jets, Cousins looked rusty early in the game against Buffalo. The Redskins first drive ended when Cousins threw a ball late to the outside and the result was an interception. In fact, in the first quarter, Cousins completed just three of nine passes for 17 yards to go with the pick.

In the second quarter, Cousins and the 'Skins offense started clicking. The Redskins QB connected on a deep ball to DeSean Jackson, who made a few nifty moves to add yards after the catch. A few plays later, Cousins found Ryan Grant and the receiver also made a nice move, veering in towards the goal post from the sideline, en route to the end zone.

On their next possession, Cousins and the Redskins offense did not look great, but the Bills defense handed the Skins opportunity after opportunity with repeated penalties. Eventually, Cousins made them pay, hooking up on a 20-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed.

After a late fumble recovery by Greg Toler, Cousins got one more possession with less than two minutes in the second quarter. Despite a few more penalties marring the pace of the game, Cousins found Pierre Garçon in the corner of the end zone for a TD with 31 seconds left in the half. 

Not a bad night for Kirk - three TDs in one quarter, thrown to three different receivers. At the half, the Redskins lead the Bills 21-6.

RELATED: MORGAN MOSES EXITS BILLS MATCHUP BECAUSE OF INJURY

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Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

FEDEX FIELD — The hits keep coming for the Redskins in their third preseason game. After losing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Keith Marshall earlier in the contest, the team's PR announced right tackle Morgan Moses will miss the remainder of the game with a left ankle injury.

Moses seemed to be struggling while he was in the game, getting beat off the line of scrimmage by former Redskins and current Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander.

When Moses left the game, Ty Nsekhe replaced him at right tackle. The last two weeks Nsekhe played left tackle with Trent Williams on the shelf. 

Moses, a third-year tackle out of Virginia, started all 16 games last season as the right bookend. 

RELATED: KEITH MARSHALL ALSO LEAVES BILLS GAME WITH INJURY

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Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

FEDEX FIELD -- Losing ground in the battle for the second-string running back spot with fellow rookie Robert Kelley, 7th-round draft pick Keith Marshall exited the Redskins preseason game Friday against the Bills with what the team is calling a left elbow injury.

The team said he will undergo x-rays on the elbow. He returned to the field later in the first quarter with his elbow wrapped.

Marshall went to the ground awkwardly on a run play, and he looked to be in a lot of pain. Trainers came out quickly to tend to the runner, and he was escorted to the bench with his left arm held gingerly.

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In the first two preseason games, Marshall played 29 snaps. Against the Falcons in the first preseason game, he had five carries for -1 rushing yards. In the second preseason tilt against the Jets, Marshall had 10 carries for 26 yards.

Kelley ran the ball well early for the Redskins, already distancing himself in the race to backup injured starter Matt Jones.

UPDATE 26 AUGUST 2016, 8:19 P.M.

Marshall is out with an elbow sprain.