Ovechkin's advice for RGIII

Ovechkin's advice for RGIII

Today in New Orleans, the long-waited and much-anticipated Robert Griffin III era officially begins.

It is arguably the most hyped rookie debut of a Washington professional athlete since Alex Ovechkin first suited up for the Capitals on Oct. 5, 2005.

Ovechkin, who turned 20 a month earlier, made quite a splash in his rookie debut, scoring two goals to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished that rookie season third in the NHL with 106 points, tied for third with 52 goals and was a landslide selection as Rookie of the Year.

So what advice does Ovechkin have for RGIII as the 22-year-old quarterback prepares for his Redskins debut?

I think hes good right now, Ovechkin said. He has to be himself, thats the most important thing. It doesnt matter what other people say or if hes going make a bad play or a good play. He just has to concentrate on his own game.

Capitals coach Adam Oates was already an established star in the NHL when he arrived in Washington in 1997. He said the pressures of playing football for the Redskins are far different than those playing hockey for the Caps.

The Redskins are a different franchise, Oates said. Theyre looking for him to obviously be a little bit of a savior right now. Being a young guy Im sure hes getting taught by the coaches to go slow, learn the game.

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Redskins' Reed will practice, still not cleared to play vs. Bengals

Redskins' Reed will practice, still not cleared to play vs. Bengals

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, has been cleared to return to practice, but he still has some hurdles to clear before being declared ready for game action.

During his Monday news conference Gruden said that Reed, who has missed the last two games with a concussion diagnosed two days after the team’s game against the Ravens on October 9, would practice with the team when preparations resumed on Monday.

However, that doesn’t mean that he will play on Sunday, when the Redskins face the Bengals in London. Reed still has to clear the concussion protocol and his participation in a game is subject to the approval of an independent neurologist.

Reed did participate in practice on a limited basis last Wednesday. But he was held out Thursday and Friday and was declared out for the game on the injury report.

So while the news that he will practice is encouraging as far as his chances of playing against Cincinnati it very much remains to be seen if it will happen.

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Josh Norman's return from concussion could be complicated by London travel

Josh Norman's return from concussion could be complicated by London travel

It looked bad. Third quarter, Lions QB Matthew Stafford goes deep to wide receiver Marvin Jones with Josh Norman hanging on in coverage. Jones and Norman lept for the ball, Jones caught it, Norman's head whipped to the Ford Field turf.

Few were surprised when Norman stayed laying on the field, or when he was escorted directly to the locker room after the play by Washington's medical staff. Diagnosed with a concussion at the stadium, now things get tricky for Norman and the Redskins.

The NFL's concussion protocol requires a series of steps be cleared before a player can return to practice, then another series of steps to play in a game. So far this season, Su'a Cravens and Jordan Reed have sustained concussions for Washington, and neither player made it back inside a week.

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Further complicating matters for Norman, the Redskins will practice at their Ashburn facility until Thursday before boarding an overnight flight to London for Sunday's game against Cincinatti. While there are obviously plenty of doctors in London, it's unknown if any are a part of the NFL concussion protocol and are able to clear Norman for the game should he be ready.

"Thursday he'll have to be cleared, otherwise we will have to play without Josh Norman," Jay Gruden said Monday.

On top of all that? How about A.J. Green.

The Bengals star wideout already has 775 receving yards on the season, and on Sunday posted one of the more ridiculous TD catches that will happen all season. It would be hard to envision a scenario where the Redskins staff would not match Green up against Norman.

That is, if the cornerback gets cleared.

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