<p>When the Redskins open the preseason Thursday in Buffalo, theyll do so missing a few key players.<p><p>At least two of the five starters along the offensive line guard Kory Lichensteiger and tackle Jammal Brown will be sidelined against the Bills, while guard Chris Chester is a long shot to suit up, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. Chester sprained his left ankle Monday and did not participate in Tuesdays practice.<p><p>Shanahan also Tim Hightower, ranked atop the teams depth chart at running back, has been ruled out, as has fullback Darrel Young. Hightower still is recovering from knee surgery, while young is nursing an ailing hamstring.<p><p>Hopefully he keeps on making progress and will be able to play by the third game, Shanahan said of Hightower. &nbsp;<p><p>Shanahan said Josh Morgan will be available to play, barring a setback. The wide receiver returned Monday from a weeklong layoff due to a hamstring.<p><p>Chris Cooley did not practice Tuesday but will play, Shanahan said.<p><p>Hes been going to pretty hard, Shanahan said of his tight end. He needed a day of rest.<p><p>Cooley joked that the day off was a privilege of being in the "30 Club". He turned 30 last month.<p><p>A couple of more notes of interest from Shanahans practice news conference:<p><p>--Shanahan said the dueling kickers Graham Gano and Neil Rackers will alternate kicks.<p><p>Whoever kicks off, will have the next field goal or extra point, whatever it is, Shanahan said. Thats the way weve tentatively talked about it. &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><p>Gano will start first, the coach added.<p><p>--With Hightower sidelined, Shanahan said running backs Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. will split time. Royster will get the start.<p><style id="_clearly_component__css" type="textcss"> <style><div id="_clearly_component__next_pages_container"><div>
In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.
Now it is official.
The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.
Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.
In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.
On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.
But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.
Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.
Actually stork is retiring. Huh? This just got interesting.— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) August 24, 2016
However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.
Okay - fluid situation at #Redskins Park. Source says Bryan Stork is considering retirement. Team clearly working to convince otherwise— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 24, 2016
What I know - Skins agreed on trade for Stork. Not a done deal now as Stork unsure about his future— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) August 24, 2016
Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.
Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins.
The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.
The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon.
Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news, confirmed by CSN's JP Finlay.
The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released.
In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago.
The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.
The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position.
Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry.