Lichtensteiger among Redskins sitting out practice

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Lichtensteiger among Redskins sitting out practice

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger missed practice with a sprained left ankle Wednesday as the Washington Redskins held their first practice for the playoffs.

Lichtensteiger was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's NFC East-clinching win over the Dallas Cowboys.

``I wish I was doing better, but it's the hand I'm dealt,'' Lichtensteiger said. ``I really want to be out there, and I'm going to give it everything I can to be out there, but who knows at this point?''

Third-round pick Josh LeRibeus, who played 21 snaps in relief during the Redskins' 274-yard rushing effort against the Cowboys, would likely make his first NFL start if Lichtensteiger can't go this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker London Fletcher also did not practice because of a sprained left ankle, but he has frequently sat out since he was injured in mid-November. Fletcher has never missed a game in his 15-year NFL career and is expected to play Sunday.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins missed practice because of the flu, and nickel cornerbacks D.J. Johnson and DeJon Gomes are both dealing with sprained left knees. Johnson did not practice, while Gomes was limited.

Wednesday also marked the return of cornerback Cedric Griffin following his four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

``He looked like he'd been away for a few weeks,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``And I thought he had a good day of practice, but we'll evaluate that day-by-day.''

The Redskins have yet to decide whether to restore Griffin to the active roster for this week's game.

Asked if he had any doubts about whether the Redskins would bring him back, Griffin replied: ``That's none of my concern. ... I'm here now. It's a new year.''

In his first season with Washington, the 30-year-old Griffin was a regular in nickel packages and has 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

``I'm sure I'll be out there (Sunday),'' Griffin said. ``I'm in pretty good shape right now. Coach Shanahan feels comfortable about my situation.''

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AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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"We have just been made aware of this and are looking into the situation," Ravens Vice President of Public Relations Chad Steele said via email. 

The arrest, which reportedly occurred at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, is the latest disappointment for one of the biggest draft busts in Ravens history. Elam was a first-round pick in 2013, but he never came close to reaching expectations due to injuries and poor play. The Ravens did not pick up Elam’s fifth-year option making him a free agent in March. He has only played nine games the past two seasons, and he was suspended for one game in 2015 for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

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John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. UTAH JAZZ

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 5 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Bounceback needed

The Wizards came out of the All-Star break on Friday night with their most disappointing performance in nearly two months. They didn't just lose to the lowly 76ers, they lost to the 76ers without their best player, Joel Embiid. Offense wasn't the issue for the Wizards, it was their defense. They allowed Philly to drop 120 points and shoot 49.4 percent from the field.

The Wizards need to come out and play much better on defense if they plan to beat the Utah Jazz, who at 36-22 currently hold the fourth seed in the West. Working in the Wizards' favor is the fact the Jazz are among the worst scoring teams in the league. They rank 28th out of 30 in points per game (100.4). That said, the Wizards have let a few teams this season - the Sixers, Heat, Mavericks and Magic, for example - surprise them on that end of the court.

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Bench scoring needed

The Jazz may have trouble scoring, and because of that probably should have done more at the trade deadline, but they are as good as any team on defense. The Jazz rank first in opponents points per game (95.7) and third in opponents field goal percentage (43.9). They are very good at defending the perimeter and have one of the best shotblockers in basketball down low in Rudy Gobert.

What could help the cause for Washington is some scoring from their bench. They only got 11 points from their second unit in Friday's loss to Philly and that won't cut it against a good team like Utah. Perhaps Bojan Bogdanovic, the Wizards' most notable trade deadline acquisition, can do better in his second game than he did in his debut (two points).

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If Mahinmi does play, it will still be something to watch. The Wizards signed him to a four-year, $64 million free agent deal in the offseason and he can't seem to find any luck in the injury department. He has missed 50 of the Wizards' 56 games this season due to knee injuries.

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