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Practice bubble helps Redskins prep for noisy Superdome

Practice bubble helps Redskins prep for noisy Superdome

At times during Mondays practice, rookie Alfred Morris said he couldnt hear a word quarterback Robert Griffin III was saying in the huddle.Which, of course, was by design.Coach Mike Shanahan moved practice inside the Redskins practice bubble, then cranked the volume to ear-splitting levels in an effort to simulate the crowd noise his team will encounter during Sundays regular season opener at the Superdome in New Orleans.I couldnt really hear Robert or his cadence and Im right next to him, Morris said. I just have to key the ball. Its definitely going to help us in New Orleans.It was common practice in previous seasons for Redskins coaches to have speakers lining the teams outdoor practice fields in Ashburn. It was loud. But nothing like what the players coped with this week inside the bubble, which opened earlier this year. The music could be heard clearly from across a parking lot.The Redskins first two games, in fact, will be played indoors. On Sept. 16, they visit the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.It wasreallyloud in there the other day, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. Its good advance preparation for both games.St. Louis will be loud. New Orleans, though, could be defeaning. The city loves their Saints, and after a tumultuous offseason in which the NFL cracked down hard on the team for the bounty scandal, all 72,000 fans who pack the downtown arena figure to be bit more boisterous than usual.As a lot of people have said before, the best sound from an away crowd is when they go silent, when you put touchdowns on them, offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger said.Asked if practicing in the bubble has helped, Lichtensteiger cracked, As far as me not being able to hear? Yeah. A lot of times the only thing I can question is the music choice that Shanahan is putting on.

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Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Because of Richmond's weather, the Redskins aren't going to want any additional heat during training camp. More will be coming their way next week, though.

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's First Take will be filming live from the Bon Secours training center on Thursday, Aug. 4, according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smith and his fiery takes will be joined in Virginia by his co-host Max Kellerman, as well as former Redskins safety Ryan Clark, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon.

Smith, of course, has been a fixture on the program, while Kellerman just recently stepped in for Skip Bayless (if both Smith and Bayless were heading to Richmond, the players might have melted as a result of the scalding conversations the two were known to have). Perhaps Kellerman could solicit some advice from Kirk Cousins on how to succeed in a new job, since the 'Skins quarterback did so well when he was promoted in 2015.

For fans wanting to check out the show themselves, gates will be opening that day at 9:30 in the morning.

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Before football, Josh Norman and others got in a little futbol on Thursday

Before football, Josh Norman and others got in a little futbol on Thursday

To watch a group of Redskins kick around a soccer ball — not effortlessly, but definitely decently — watch the video above.

With the U.S. Men's National Team constantly looking for goal scorers, a potentially prolific trio just put their first piece of film together on Thursday: Duke Ihenacho, Logan Paulsen and Josh Norman.

On paper, a burly tight end and a pair of defensive backs don't exactly sound like an ideal fit for the pitch, but the three made it work in Richmond before they took the field for the beginning of Redskins' training camp. Thankfully, CSN's cameras were there to capture the performance.

Of the players, Ihenacho displayed the most enthusiasm but Paulsen, surprisingly, had the cleanest touch. Norman, meanwhile, came in at the end of the sequence and looked quite capable as well. Overall, for guys used to football and not futbol, it was a pretty solid showing.

Your move, Jurgen Klinsmann.

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Gruden gives timeline for Perry Riley, Shawn Lauvao return from injury

Gruden gives timeline for Perry Riley, Shawn Lauvao return from injury

The Redskins are missing two key cogs right now to injury: LG Shawn Lauvao and LB Perry Riley. Jay Gruden thinks he knows when both players will be back. 

Of Lauvao, Gruden said he does not have a lot of conerns and expects his left guard back soon. 

"I think he’s really, really close," Gruden said. "I'd be shocked if he wasn’t ready by Saturday, or as early as Monday."

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Lauvao has voiced that he thinks he's ready to be back on the field, but Gruden said the team wants to be sure their guard is confident in changing directions and exploding on his surgically repaired ankle.

"We just want to make sure he's solid and sound before he gets back out there."

Gruden gave a similar prognosis for linebacker Perry Riley. 

"He feels like we're holding him back," Gruden said of Riley. "He wants to practice."

Riley's situation is a bit different than Lauvao. When the guard returns, he comes back as the starter. When Riley returns, he will be competing with Will Compton and Mason Foster, a duo that played well last season once Riley went down.

For now, the coach just wants to make sure Riley can go at full speed for a few days without soreness before letting him back on the practice field. 

"We want to put him through the drills, look at him run around, make sure he can do it," Gruden said. "His strength is his ability to run laterally, side to side."

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