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RG3 talks about taking less hits

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RG3 talks about taking less hits

Robert Griffin III acknowledged Wednesday that he intends to take measures to avoid absorbing as many blows as he did Sunday against the Bengals.

One way he hopes to accomplish that, the Redskins quarterback said, is to make it more clear to officials and defenders that hes no longer in possession of the ball on option plays.

On some of the option plays, just make it more clear to the refs that I dont have the ball because then they cant hit me, Griffin said. But I guess if I dont come out with my hands up, then they think I have the ball and, legally, they can hit me. So I just need to make it clear to them that I dont have the ball and then if I do get one of those shots, we get 15 yards.

Griffin carried the ball 12 times and led the Redskins in rushing with 85 yards. While there were a number of examples of needless shots he absorbed Sunday, one in particular stands out: on an option in the fourth quarter, Griffin got driven into the turf by linebacker Manny Lawson after pitching the ball to Brandon Banks as the rookie attempted to sell the fake. Griffin was slow to peel himself off of the turf.

We know the rules, Griffin said. I talked to Coach Mike Shanahan said and he talked to me about it. If I make it clear that I dont have the ball, they technically, by the rules, cannot hit me.

He added: If you take some of those shots in the face youll learn real face. I thought they were not legal hits but Coach informed me that technically they can hit me. Even on keepers, they can hit you if youre carrying out your fake. I didnt know that so I guess Ill be running with my arms up a lot more, letting them know, Hey, I dont have the ball. Please hit me if you want to get a 15-yard penalty.

To emphasize his point, Griffin jokingly raised his arms stick-em-up-style.

Griffin got sacked six times Sunday, was hit 13 times while attempting to pass and knocked down a number of other times on his dozen carries, reigniting concerns about the number of hits the franchise quarterback has taken so far this season.

If youre going to carry out your options at this level, they are going to smack you pretty good, Shanahan said. There were probably seven or eight hits in that game that he didnt have to take at all. Hes going to get better and better at that. One thing we want to make sure of, is that he stays healthy. Thats one thing about the option, you have a chance, really, not to take a lot of hits. We looked at that film and well see how it goes.

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Bryan Stork clarifies next move after week of speculation with Redskins

Bryan Stork clarifies next move after week of speculation with Redskins

After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter. 

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options. 

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Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries. 

Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury. 

McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill. 

Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter. 

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Redskins cut 10 players before Tuesday deadline

Redskins cut 10 players before Tuesday deadline

The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.

  • T Al Bond
  • T Cody Booth
  • LB Shiro Davis
  • LB Ejiro Ederaine
  • CB Jeremy Harris
  • LB Willie Jefferson
  • WR Valdez Showers
  • WR Dez Stewart
  • WR Jarvis Turner
  • RB Kelsey Young

The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.

The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Reports: News encouraging for injured Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan after MRI

Reports: News encouraging for injured Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan after MRI

The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.

Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.

The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.

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