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RG3 says he'll face Colts defense, not their QB

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RG3 says he'll face Colts defense, not their QB

The Redskins and Colts are selling 35 dollar t-shirts hyping Saturdays Quarterback Showdown at FedEx field.Robert Griffin III, however, isnt buying the hype. At least not to the extent the NFL is attempting to sell it.I will never truly get to face Andrew Luck because he doesnt play defense, Griffin said. Weve just got to look forward to playing the Colts defense.But whether Griffin likes it or not, he and Luck will be inextricably linked throughout their careers. Luck was drafted first overall and Griffin went second in Aprils draft. And because of that, theyll be compared like Magic and Bird. Like Crosby and Ovechkin. Like Harper and Trout.Through two preseason games, Griffin is 9 of 14 passing for 119 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Luck, meantime, is 26 of 41 for 363 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.Griffin said he and Luck met for the first time last year at the Heisman Trophy award show in New York. The two also have occasionally exchanged text messages, but none recently.Since weve been drafted, we havent talked very much, Griffin said. But thats because weve both just been busy.There wont be much time for talk Saturday, either, when they meet for the first time on the field.At least not between the dueling quarterbacks.I think Ill leave the talking about me and him, the comparing and everything, to you guys, Griffin said referring to media and fans. I definitely look forward to playing the guy throughout my career. I think it will be an exciting matchup every time we face each other.You hope that for every quarterback, he added. You never wish any quarterback any harm. Were all trying to make it in this life and make it in this league. I wish the best for him.

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Redskins Playbook: Lots of moving parts with injuries on O-line, secondary

Redskins Playbook: Lots of moving parts with injuries on O-line, secondary

Significant injuries to the Redskins offensive line and defensive secondary will cause a number of position changes for Redskins. Washington gets on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., and rain or shine, the team will look different after losing Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Here's what we'll be watching:

  1. Who's at left guard - Injuries to Lauvao and Lichtensteiger have a serious domino effect on the Redskins offensive line. Spencer Long is the backup to both men, and with the former Cornhusker at center, means left guard doesn't have a natural backup. Arie Kouandjio has been working for more than a year to be ready to play guard for Washington, and he might get the chance. The 'Skins also signed center John Sullivan, last of the Vikings, to the team on Tuesday. If and when Sullivan can get ready could allow Jay Gruden to move Long to guard.
  2. Corner store - Breeland's injury is not as severe as the offensive linemen, and perhaps more important to the team, there is better depth at corner. Rookie Kendall Fuller is likely to see his first game action this Sunday against Cleveland, and the 'Skins can count on Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar to have increased roles with Breeland out. Watching Fuller work in with the defense will be very interesting to see, as he's been working with the scout team for much of the early season.
  3. Safety button - D-Hall out for the year is a blow for Washington - no way around it. But expect lots more Will Blackmon at that spot. And Duke Ihenacho and even Deshazor Everett can provide increased snaps.

For live updates check out @JPFinlayCSN from the practice fields. 

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Redskins forced to shuffle interior O-line again

Redskins forced to shuffle interior O-line again

For the second straight year the Redskins are going to undergo some early–season shuffling in the interior of their offensive line.

Last year left guard Shawn Lauvao was sidelined with an ankle injury after Week 3 and was replaced by Spencer Long. Then after Week 5 center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a shoulder and neck problem and Josh LeRibeus took his place.

Now Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are out again. Lauvao is week to week with what Jay Gruden described as a “moderate” ankle sprain and Lichtensteiger is on the shelf for at least eight weeks as he went on injured reserve yesterday with a calf strain.

They went with a makeshift lineup for the second half of the Giants game, a lineup that had Trent Williams playing guard for the first time ever. But they have signed some reinforcements and now it will be up to Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan to sort out who will play where against the Browns this week and how they will align them going forward.

The Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan on Tuesday. Getting him ready to play on Sunday against Cleveland would be a tall task. In addition to learning the plays and blocking schemes, the line calls are very intricate and they take some time to master. Sullivan was out all of last year with back problems so there has to be some rust. However, he was in training camp for the Vikings and he did play some in the preseason before Minnesota released him.

They also moved Vinston Painter from the practice squad to the active roster. The Redskins are his fifth organization since the Broncos drafted him in the sixth round in 2013. He’s a backup for right now but that could change in the weeks ahead.

Arie Kouandjio, who has one NFL snap on his resume, could get his first start since coming to the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. It may depend on whether or not Sullivan can pass a crash course on playing center over the next 72 hours or so.

If Sullivan can’t go, they start Long at center, Kouandjio at left guard, and Williams at left tackle. If Sullivan is ready he could go a center with Long at left guard.

They do have the option of putting Williams at left guard again and having Ty Nsekhe fill in at left tackle. But Williams is not getting paid $10.6 million to be a backup guard; he’s one of the best players in the league at one of the most important positions on the offense. If they can’t coach up Kouandjio to start a game they should reconsider both their personnel and their coaching choices.

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