Under normal circumstances, mid May could be too early to think about lining up tickets for an August NFL preseason game. But if that is your normal thought process you might want to reconsider this year.On Saturday, August 25 the Redskins will take on the Colts in the third preseason game. It will be the FedEx Field debut of Robert Griffin III as the Redskins quarterback. Youre not likely to be cheated, either, as starting quarterbacks (period, as Mike Shanahan said) usually play well into the third quarter of the third preseason games. Throw in the fact that Andrew Luck, who beat out Griffin for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft after losing out to RG3 for the Heisman Trophy, will play about the same amount for the Colts and you have the potential for a pretty entertaining Saturday afternoon.I cruised by a site that aggregates the seats available from the major online ticket dealers and found that some good seats are available for a well under face value. There are some in Section 218, in the lower bowl just about at the goal line, for 35 each. There is a bunch in Section 224, on about the 20 yard line, starting at 34. If you want sit on the 50, you can do that way high up in Section 401 for 38.If youre around the DMV, theres not much else to do on an August afternoon (yes, its a 4:00 start, rare for a preseason game) so look in to seeing RG3 hit FedEx for the first time.(Unlike some other sites, by the way, there is no financial interest here in point out these tickets to you, just something I found that I thought Id pass along.)
LONDON—Redskins starting running back Matt Jones has been declared out of the team’s game against the Bengals on Sunday. He came in to practice on Wednesday complaining about the knee, saying that he could run straight with it but not cut.
Jay Gruden has said all week that rookie Rob Kelley will be in the lead back role if Jones is out. Jones’ absence also means that third down back Chris Thompson is likely to get more work and Mack Brown, who was promoted from the practice squad today, could get some carries as well.
Jones did not practice all week and his absence from the game was not a surprise.
Last week in Detroit, Jones fumbled twice, losing one of them. Because of that he could have been in for a reduction in playing time anyway.
Among the players listed as questionable on the injury report are OT Trent Williams (knee), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), and CB Josh Norman (concussion).
MORE REDSKINS: Reed and Norman participate some in Friday practice
LONDON—The Redskins borrowed a field from the Wasps rugby football club to make their final preparations for their game against the Bengals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
London traffic delayed their scheduled 1:30 arrival by about 15 minutes. They got off the bus and went right to work, conducting walkthroughs on offense, defense, and special teams.
Tight end Jordan Reed, who missed the last two games with a concussion, appeared to take part in the walkthrough fully. He said earlier this week that he feels 100 percent and ready to play on Sunday. Reed will still have to get cleared by Redskins doctors in order to play.
Running back Matt Jones, who has an injured knee, was a spectator during the part of practice that was open to the media. Cornerback Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, watched during the walkthrough but he did participate in individual drills.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden will speak the the media after practice and he will update us on how the injured players are doing and who will be questionable, doubtful, and out against the Bengals.
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