After a slow start against the Colts today, Robert Griffin III led two sustained touchdown drives for the Redskins.Griffin wasnt dazzling, just very efficient. He was 10 of 14 for 73 yards with a touchdown pass to Santana Moss late in the first half. He also ran the ball once for five yards.The Redskins started off looking for a big play as Griffin threw deep and incomplete for Pierre Garon. In the half they went for the long pass three times in all, twice for Garon and once for Leonard Hankerson. All three were incomplete but some believed that it was important for Griffin to air the ball out, something had had done rarely this year either in practice or in the first two preseason games.After two unproductive drives, Griffin and the Redskins got down to business from their own 34. Rookie running back Alfred Morris keyed the drive with five carries for 38 yards and the touchdown. Griffin supported the running game by completing three of three passes for 29 yards including and 18-yard completion to Garon.He had more time to throw on that drive than he did earlier and when the pressure came he was able to step to a good spot and get the pass off.Andrew Luck tied it up with a beautiful 31-yard touchdown pass to T. Y. Hilton and then Griffin went back to work from his own 20. He went 5-6 for 30 yards including a four-yard TD pass to Santana Moss. Griffin took the second-down snap, rolled a few steps to his right, and fired to Moss in the front corner of the end zone.
LONDON—Redskins starting running back Matt Jones has been declared out of the team’s game against the Bengals on Sunday. He came in to practice on Wednesday complaining about the knee, saying that he could run straight with it but not cut.
Jay Gruden has said all week that rookie Rob Kelley will be in the lead back role if Jones is out. Jones’ absence also means that third down back Chris Thompson is likely to get more work and Mack Brown, who was promoted from the practice squad today, could get some carries as well.
Jones did not practice all week and his absence from the game was not a surprise.
Last week in Detroit, Jones fumbled twice, losing one of them. Because of that he could have been in for a reduction in playing time anyway.
Among the players listed as questionable on the injury report are OT Trent Williams (knee), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), and CB Josh Norman (concussion).
MORE REDSKINS: Reed and Norman participate some in Friday practice
LONDON—The Redskins borrowed a field from the Wasps rugby football club to make their final preparations for their game against the Bengals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
London traffic delayed their scheduled 1:30 arrival by about 15 minutes. They got off the bus and went right to work, conducting walkthroughs on offense, defense, and special teams.
Tight end Jordan Reed, who missed the last two games with a concussion, appeared to take part in the walkthrough fully. He said earlier this week that he feels 100 percent and ready to play on Sunday. Reed will still have to get cleared by Redskins doctors in order to play.
Running back Matt Jones, who has an injured knee, was a spectator during the part of practice that was open to the media. Cornerback Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, watched during the walkthrough but he did participate in individual drills.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden will speak the the media after practice and he will update us on how the injured players are doing and who will be questionable, doubtful, and out against the Bengals.
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