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Need to Know: Amerson on track to play vs. Bears

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Need to Know: Amerson on track to play vs. Bears

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 18, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field.

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Five things from Redskins Park

1. As noted here a couple of days ago the Bears have four legitimate pass-catching threats in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte. It would be very good for the Redskins to have their nickel cornerback available for the game. David Amerson practiced on a limited basis on Thursday with no contact. According to Mike Shanahan he passed his tests and as long as he continues to do so he should be good to go on Sunday.

2. Sunday will be just a few days shy of the three-year anniversary of DeAngelo Hall’s four-pick performance against Jay Cutler in Chicago. All four picks came in the second half. His second interception was the biggest; he jumped in front of a Culter pass intended for Johnny Knox when the Bears were in the red zone and threatening to break the game open. Hall rolled 92 yards up the sideline to give the Redskins a 17-14 lead. That turned out to be the final score as Hall helped preserve the win with two more interceptions in the fourth quarter.

3. Of course, this is hardly a rematch of that game; only a handful of players who were around then are still with the respective teams. My friend @ZacBoyer tweeted out a reminder that Donovan McNabb was the QB, Ryan Torain the leading rusher and Rocky McIntosh the leading tackler.

4. Mike Shanahan believes that the Redskins’ opponents will now play them differently now that Robert Griffin III has demonstrated that the can do some serious damage running the ball. “I think everybody will approach Robert differently, but you’ve got to get ready for a quarterback that has the ability to run and pass,” he said. “There’s no question about that. I think everybody could see that he made a couple of plays with his legs, so he is able to make plays where you couldn’t really see that in the first four games.”

5. Kyle Shanahan is not at all fazed by Griffin saying that he wants to “be the playmaker I can be.” “That’s usually what I start off saying to him before every game, ‘Just make sure you go out there and be you and have fun,’” said Shanahan. “During the week it’s about fundamentals, execution, your technique, trying to get a guy better, but when you get to game day, it’s about playing. You’ve got to let it loose and go out there and just react and see what happens and when you make mistakes you’ve got to get it corrected that week in practice.”

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Stat of the day

—The Bears defense this year already has scored four touchdowns. They also have 11 pick sixes since 2012. That’s by far the most of any team in that period, next best team has six. (h/t @HogsHaven)

Timeline

—Days until: Bears @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Broncos 9; Chargers @ Redskins 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Player availability and Mike Shanahan news conference after practice (approx. 1:15)                                          

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.

Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.

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An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.

Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court. 

Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.

This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.

The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.

Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.