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'We're thankful he's making the right decisions'

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'We're thankful he's making the right decisions'

Robert Griffin III electrified FedEx Field on Sunday with his 76-yard run down the sideline for a victory-clinching touchdown against the Vikings.

What might prove more important in the long term, though, were the multiple occasions when the Redskins’ rookie – seven days removed from suffering the first concussion of his NFL career – chose self-preservation over the type of high-risk play that knocked him out of the game the previous week.

“As I’ve told people, you stay aggressive, but you just try to be smart,” Griffin said after the Redskins’ 38-26 victory. “I felt like I got out of bounds a couple of times when I should have. I threw the ball away one time and got penalty because a guy hit me. You try to play smart but stay aggressive.”

It’s not that Griffin didn’t get hit; he did. Anytime a quarterback carries the ball 13 times for a team-record 138 yards, he’s going to get tackled. Griffin simply did a better job of deciding when to turn up the field with the ball, when to get down and when to duck out of bounds.

Four plays in particular stand out a good examples of this:

--In the first quarter, Griffin bootlegged to the left, surveyed the field, realized all of his receivers were covered, tucked the ball and sprinted toward the sideline. With the Vikings’ four-time pro bowl defensive end Jared Allen in pursuit and two defensive backs also closing in, Griffin stepped out of bounds after a seven-yard gain. The capacity crowd showered Griffin with a sarcastic cheer – not for the run but for his wise decision to get out of bounds. 

--In the second quarter, Griffin scrambled out of the pocket and judiciously chose to throw the ball away. After releasing the ball, Griffin was shoved by Vikings’ linebacker Erin Henderson. Although Griffin later acknowledged that he embellished the hit, the official whistled Henderson for roughing the passer. Griffin gave an exaggerated head nod as he walked back to the huddle.

--Also in the second quarter, Griffin carried the ball up the middle on a designed run. He shook Henderson at the line of scrimmage, but before safety Harrison Smith could lay a hard hit on him, Griffin slid, thus avoiding any contact. “You have to live with that,” he later explained. “And not worry about the eight or nine yards you could have gotten [by] taking the hit.”

--In the third quarter, Griffin dropped back to pass, pump faked and then took off toward the right sideline. After turning the corner, three Vikings closed in on him. But before any of the defenders could get close enough to hit him, Griffin stepped out of bounds. Griffin perhaps could have gained a few more yards by lowering his shoulder into safety Jamarca Sanford, but he didn’t.

“I think common sense prevailed,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “I think he’ll learn every game, maybe, when to slide, when to throw the ball away, when to go out of bounds a little bit earlier. I saw that today in a number of situations. As time goes on, he’ll keep on getting better and better at keeping people away from [himself].”

After one practice last week, Griffin pulled together his teammates and told them he did not intend to put himself in harm’s way again.

“I told the team I wasn’t going to leave them hanging,” Griffin said. “So I tried to make sure I did that.”

Guard Kory Lichtensteiger said the other players are grateful that the team’s most important player has pledged – and now shown – that he’s serious about being more careful.

“He’s learned a lot from that hit” against the Falcons, Lichtensteiger said. “He doesn’t want to spend another half in the locker room getting treated. It’s something he had to learn. It’s too bad he had to learn it the hard way, but we’re thankful he’s making the right decisions.” 

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Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Is DeAngelo Hall at the end of the line?

The Redskins cornerback turned safety suffered a torn ACL against the Giants on Sunday. That will end his 2016 season.

This is the second time in three seasons that Hall has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.

In 2014 he suffered a torn Achilles in Philadelphia. In between, in 2015, he had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games.

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Hall was once the model of durability. From when he joined the Redskins in 2008 with seven games left in the season he played in 100 of a possible 103 games through the 2013 season. Since the start of 2014, counting to the end of the current season, he will play in 17 of a possible 48 games.

Will the Redskins bring Hall back in 2017?

It might be difficult for them to do so. One factor is money. Hall will be in the last year of his contract, a deal that will pay him a salary of $4.25 million. That’s what they are paying him this year and their return on investment is rather low. It would be hard to justify that cost for a player who has appeared in so few games since he signed the $17 million deal in 2014.

The Redskins and Hall could agree to a deal with a decreased salary, perhaps one with incentives that would let him make some or all of the money back if he stayed healthy and performed well. But you still have to wonder if he will stay on the field. He turns 33 in November and players rarely get healthier as they get past that age. The organization may want to avoid spending the whole offseason planning to have Hall fill a role only to see him go out with what at that point would be a predictable injury.

The organization should proceed carefully and respectfully as they decide Hall’s fate for 2017.

They don’t have to do anything until after the season ends. But it will not be surprising if the decision is to move on from Hall.

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Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Washington Redskins return to FedEx Field on Sunday play the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 of the NFL season after beating Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants in Week 3

With Robert Griffin III injured, the Sunday game isn't the must-watch matchup everyone was hoping to tune in for. But it's s chance for the Redskins to get to 2-2, while the Browns will be looking for their first win of the 2016 schedule.

Here is how to watch Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4:

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WHEN IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME?

The Redskins vs. Browns game takes place in Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON?

You can watch the Redskins vs. Browns game on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. Redskins Kickoff airs at Noon on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

HOW CAN I WATCH THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS LIVE STREAM ONLINE?

The Redskins vs. Browns game can be streamed on NFL GamePass (subscription only).

HOW CAN I LISTEN TO THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON THE RADIO?

You can listen to the Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4 on the Redskins Radio Network. It will also be on Sirius/XM Radio channel 227.

WHAT ARE THE BETTING ODDS FOR THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS IN WEEK 4?

The opening line has the Redskins as 6.5-point favorites to beat the Browns, and the Over/Under is 45.5, according to Oddsshark.com

Washington Redskins 2016 Regular Season Schedule: 

Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. — CBS

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals,  9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins an hour before kickoff only on CSN Mid-Atlantic​