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Redskins dominate in final tune-up

Redskins dominate in final tune-up

While a number of Redskins might jump each time their phone rings over the next 48 hours, Billy Cundiff wont be sweating Fridays final cuts.

The only kicker on the roster after he was signed Tuesday after Graham Gano was released, Cundiff said his focus is on developing chemistry with long snapper Nick Sundberg and Sav Rocca before the regular season opener in New Orleans on Sept. 9.

Cundiff was pleased with his debut Wednesday at FedEx Field, where he went 3 for 4 on field goal attempts in a 30-3 victory over Tampa Bay in the preseason finale for both teams.

The former Raven connected on kicks of 39, 27 and 22 yards, while missing from 46. He also made all three extra points and was credited with touchbacks on five of his six kickoffs.

Disappointed about the miss, but all things considered, we had four reps in practice yesterday and pre game today, he said. Theres definitely some things we have to iron out with the rhythm, getting used to each other.

As for the positions that remain undecided, heres a quick rundown of the latest developments:

Bank it: Wide receiver Brandon Banks likely helped his chances of making the 53-man roster. He had a 47-yard reception, took a reverse 43 yards and averaged 13.2 yards on five punt returns. But he also muffed a punt and fumbled a handoff.

No, Banks said, asked if hes going to be nervous Friday as teams cut down from 75 to 53 players. I think I put enough on film to still have a job somewhere. If not here, somewhere else.

Asked about his diving catch on the long third-quarter pass from Kirk Cousins, Banks said: I had opportunities, and I made the best of it. It felt good to finally catch a ball and show Im capable of going deep as a wide receiver.

Defensive MVP: Rookie corner back Richard Crawford had a tackle, defended a pass and made his second interception of the preseason in the third quarter. Crawford challenged Tiquan Underwood on a deep pass and pulled the ball away from Bucs wide receiver.

Im new to this business, so I dont really have a confidence level, Crawford said of making the team. Ill be by my phone.

Crawford sustained a sprained right knee but returned to the game and later reported that hes a little sore but fine.

Offensive MVP: Roy Helu Jr., who missed the past two games with sore Achilles tendons on both legs, rushed for 90 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 34 yards.

Injuries have muddled the running back position, but it appears likely that Coach Mike Shanahan will keep four running backs: Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, Alfred Morris and Helu.

Uncertain future: Like a number of Redskins, the next day and a half figures to be excruciating for wide receivers Anthony Armstrong and Dezmon Briscoe.

Armstrong caught two passes for 61 yards and received ample time on special teams, while Briscoe did not enter the game until the second half and did not play on special teams as much as he had hoped.

This has been crazy, Armstrong said of the competition at wide receiver. Theres talent from the top to the bottom, which is going to make for some difficult decisions.

Briscoe added: Im not really too confident on whether Im going to make it or not. I wasnt really part of the rotation on special teams.

Injury report: Royster started the game at running back but was removed after suffering what Shanahan called a little sprained neck. He did not appear to be injured seriously as he exited the dressing room afterward. Running back Tristan Davis sprained his right knee in the first quarter on special teams and did not return.

Rough day: For perhaps the first time in NFL history, a review ended up getting looked at again by the replacement officials. Following a lengthy review to check the correct spot of the ball, referee Jim Core announced to the crowd: Were going to look at it one more time. The sparse crowd booed.

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Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

The Redskins’ injury report is looking a little better today, three days away from their game against the Eagles. 

DE Chris Baker (ankle), CB Will Blackmon (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), C Spencer Long (concussion) didn't practice today. That is a substantial reduction of the number of players who were out of practice on Wednesday.

Going from out yesterday to limited participants today were S Donte Whitner (illness), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), and DE Anthony Lanier (leg).

Also limited were TE Derek Carrier (knee), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and OLB Preston Smith (groin).

A player moving from out of practice to limited is no guarantee that he will be able to participate come Sunday but it’s a step in the right direction.

On area of concern is the offensive line. Three players who started against the Cardinals have not practiced this week. One was Nsekhe and he already was headed to the bench after the return of Trent Williams from suspension.

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According to Jay Gruden, the line will have enough bodies even if Long, Nsekhe, and Lauvao are out. Second year guard Arie Kouandjio would start at guard and John Sullivan, who finished up after Long left the game on Sunday, would be the starting center. They could activate Kory Lichtensteiger from injured reserve to back up guard and center and Vinston Painter would be the backup tackle.

It appears that Reed is making progress from the AC joint separation he suffered in his left shoulder on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

“He looked good out there today,” said Gruden. “He’s still a little sore. Right now I have absolutely no idea (if he will play).”

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Jay Gruden won't commit but Jordan Reed 'confident' he will play vs Eagles

Jay Gruden won't commit but Jordan Reed 'confident' he will play vs Eagles

After missing the Redskins 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a left shoulder injury, tight end Jordan Reed sounds like he will return this Sunday in Philadelphia. 

"I feel confident," Reed said of playing against the Eagles. 

The injury came in the first half against the Cowboys on Thanskgiving Day. Reed went up high to try and grab a Kirk Cousins' pass in the end zone. The ball fell incomplete, and Reed landed hard on his shoulder. The diagnosis was bad: an AC joint sprain. Even with that, Reed returned in the second half against the Cowboys and caught two touchdowns.

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Last week, Reed did not practice once and the team ruled their star tight end out for the Cardinals game on Friday. This week, facing a division foe in the Eagles, Reed said he's feeling much better and the range of motion in the shoulder has improved significantly.

"Today I just felt a lot better. It's painful but something I can deal with," Reed said. "I'm pretty good with range of motion, I almost got all my range of motion back."

While Reed is still fighting through a lot of pain, he practiced on Thursday in a limited role. Going through practice while the media was present, Reed looked athletic and fluid going through drills, but also seemed to show discomfort in between reps. 

"He looked good today, but we'll see," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of his tight end. 

The coach did not express the same confidence that Reed would play Sunday as the 'Skins look to halt a two-game skid. 

"I have absolutely no idea," Gruden said. "But it is good to see him out here running and catching the ball."

Faith plays an important role for Reed, just as it did coming back from a concussion earlier this year. Reed proved his willingness to play through pain when he returned for the second half in Dallas.

"It's definitely some worries," Reed said about pushing through the pain. "I just leave it in God's hands and I just go out there and do my job."

He's made clear that the shoulder is still hurting him, but that he is willing to fight through that to be on the field with his teammates.

"We can't predict that or guess how he actually feels come game time," Gruden said of Reed. "Ultimately, it will be his call."

On the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns. 

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