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Instant analysis: Bears 33, Redskins 31

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Instant analysis: Bears 33, Redskins 31

CHICAGORobert Griffin III turned in an uneven performance in the Redskins second preseason game, a 33-31 loss to the Bears on Saturday night.Griffin played the entire first half, completing five of eight pass attempts for 49 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also was sacked three times, losing a total of 19 yards, and fumbled for the second consecutive game.There were two injures to defensive starters, however that overshadowed Griffins struggles.Linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered an apparent left shoulder injury, while strong safety Brandon Meriweather sustained a left knee injury.Neither player returned to the game and the seriousness of the injuries will be determined after further examination.If either is sidelined long term, the Redskins depth will be seriously tested. Rob Jackson is listed as Orakpos backup at right outside linebacker. Meriweather was replaced by Tanard Jackson.Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to update the status of both players during his postgame news conference.A few other observations from Soldier Field:--If Brandon Banks was on the bubble entering the game, he should be off it now. The diminutive special teams ace returned an Adam Podlesh punt 91 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the Redskins deficit to 17-10.Banks fielded the punt near the left hashes, burst through a seam, then raced down the right sideline. It marked the third straight preseason in which he returned a punt for a score.--Alfred Morris was tapped a starter and given he biggest opportunity of his young career. It was so-so. He rushed for 38 yards on his first five carries, including a 21-yard scamper on his first carry. But the rookie, who is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster, had only 34 yards on 10 carries when he left the game at the end of the second half.--Kirk Cousins, playing primarily against Chicagos reserves, put up impressive statistics and made a strong opening argument to be tapped as Griffins backup (instead of Rex Grossman). Cousins tossed three touchdown passes and finished 18-23 for 264 yards and three touchdown passes. with a passer rating of 153.Well have more news, notes and reaction from the locker room in a bit.

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Redskins vs Bills: 5 things to watch in the preseason game that matters

Redskins vs Bills: 5 things to watch in the preseason game that matters

When the Redskins take on the Bills Friday night (coverage starts at 6:30 CSN) this will be the closest to a regular season game Washington gets before September 12th. It's time for the 'Skins to show up. With starters slated to play a full half, the team will get the opportunity.

  1. Time for Cousins - Kirk Cousins got an unexpected night off last week when Jay Gruden decided to give backup Colt McCoy the start against the Jets. That should not be the case Friday as Gruden has said he expects the starters to go for the first half against the Bills. Cousins, for his part, is ready to take the field. "We want to be sharp, we want to stay healthy. We just want to move the football, convert third downs, stay out on the field and score points, and that really never changes. Whether it’s the preseason, whether it’s a practice session of moving the football, or whether it’s a real game," the QB said on Monday.
  2. Trent & Reed back out there - Arguably the Redskins two best players are set to make their preseason debut Friday night. Trent Williams and Jordan Reed should line up with Cousins and the Redskins offense, and coaches will be watching both. Injury concerns for either player aren't much of a consideration, but it will be interesting to watch as both guys look to get their wind and conditioning.
  3. Improved secondary gets test - The Redskins secondary should absolutely be improved this fall, as playmaker Bashaud Breeland has another year under his belt and 2015 All-Pro Josh Norman joins the squad. That doesn't mean Friday night against the Bills won't present a challenge though. Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor is known to elongate plays with his legs, so the corners will need to stay on their assignments longer than normal. Breeland said earlier in the week that he knows the challenge Taylor presents, and while the 'Skins defense did not gameplan for the Bills like they would against a regular season opponent, the secondary needs to be prepared for Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins.
  4. Will the Stork arrive? -  Scot McCloughan traded for the former Patriots center on Wednesday, and after much consternation, it appears Bryan Stork will report to the Redskins. When he will report remains a question. Stork would not play Friday night, but it will be interesting to see if he arrives on the sideline or waits until the weekend to meet his new team. Stork might help at center, but at least will bring a new level of competition for starter Kory Lichtensteiger. 
  5. Let's get physical - Rex Ryan coaches the Bills. Rex Ryan likes his teams to play very physical, and the Redskins better be ready for that physicality Friday night. Don't forget that beating Buffalo last year put the 'Skins on track for a playoff berth, but also took the Bills off course for an AFC playoff bid. Yes it's preseason, but this game should have some juice early. 

Stay tuned for updates throughout Friday as @JPFinlayCSN will be on scene at FedEx Field early.

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VIDEO: Tony Romo exits Cowboys preseason game with apparent back injury

VIDEO: Tony Romo exits Cowboys preseason game with apparent back injury

Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo has a lengthy medical history.

Despite rookie quarterback Dak Prescott's strong play early in the preseason, the last thing the Cowboys needed was another injury to their franchise quarterback.

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On Thursday night, early in the Cowboys' preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Romo attempted to slide safely to the turf.

As he went to the ground, he was awkwardly tackled from behind and crumpled up in pain.

Defensive end Frank Clark made a hard yet leagal tackle, but the angle of the tackle and Romo's slide combined for a painful scene.

Romo walked off the field on his own power but was immediately attended to by trainers as Prescott prepared to take over.

Romo was on the field for three plays before being hit by Clark.

The 36-year-old has played in all 16 games in just five of his ten NFL seasons as starting QB and missed all but four games last season after suffering a broken collerbone. 

UPDATE 25 AUGUST 2016, 10:37 P.M.

According to ESPN, Romo "pulled his back" and was healthy enough to return, but was held out by coach Jason Garrett.

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Think again about Redskins taking a serious look at Stevan Ridley

Think again about Redskins taking a serious look at Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley hit the free agent market today after the Detroit Lions released him. The news should not come as a surprise as Ridley has struggled since his knee injury in 2014.

Fans thinking Ridley might be able to help the Redskins depleted running back corps need to think again. Last season, Ridley played in nine games for the Jets, getting one start. He rushed the ball 36 times for 90 yards, an average of 2.5 yards-per-carry.

The Redskins run game struggled last year, but their stats look impressive next to Ridley. As a team the Skins rushed for 3.7 YPC, and presumed starter Matt Jones averaged 3.4 YPC.

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The Redskins may well look for help at running back, especially as Jones is dealing with a shoulder injury and will sit out the remainder of the preseason, but Ridley is highly unlikely to be the answer.

Elsewhere in the running back world, reports show that five teams are interested in former Bills running back Karlos Williams. Who those teams are, however, remains a mystery.