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RG3 keeps it short at Monday's practice

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RG3 keeps it short at Monday's practice

Here is the promised RG3 report from Mondays practice:To get the question that has been buzzing around Twitter and elsewhere answered, no, RG3 did not throw any long passes. Well, he did find Leonard Hankerson in the end zone with a Hail Mary pass from about 35 yards. But we still havent seen him heave the ball downfield and have his receiver run under it. I suspect that well see that on Sept. 9 in New Orleans, if not sooner.Griffin did do a lot of what he has been doing best in practice, firing darts to receivers and tight ends running quick slant patterns. Its not the most thrilling play to watch but it could set up a lot of second and five situations through the season.One thing that RG3 has done a lot and continues to do is run. It's difficult to tell how effective his running is since the defense can't even give him a hard shove. He were going to get a peek at him running on Thursday but he called an audible away from a keeper when he saw the defense stacked to stop it.For the day, Griffin was 8-14 with the one TD on the Hankerson Hail Mary and no interceptions.Completions: Moss, Cooley, Garon 4, Hankerson
Incompletions: Moss 3, Royster, Davis, Hankerson

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Spencer Long out for game after injury vs. Cardinals

Spencer Long out for game after injury vs. Cardinals

Redskins center Spencer Long left the Redskins game with a concussion and will not return for action against the Cardinals.

Long injured himself in the second quarter and was helped off the field by medical staff. Initially, his injury was called a shoulder issue and he was questionnable to return. 

The initial report also said Long did not sustain a concussion.Then, the news came that Long was re-evaluated and determined to have suffered a concussion. 

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With Long out, the Redskins turned to John Sullivan at center. Both while Long was playing and with Sullivan at center, the 'Skins O-line has struggled against Arizona, dealing with penalties and consistent pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.

In his third year out of Nebraska, Long was drafted to be a guard but converted to center once Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt earlier this season. Long's play has been steady and at times quite strong, a positive development for the franchise.

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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