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Need to Know: Another bad debut for Meriweather

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Need to Know: Another bad debut for Meriweather

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 16, six days before the Redskins play the Lions at FedEx Field.

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1. You have to wonder if we’ll see Robert Griffin III going Tom Brady on his receivers or linemen

I just not, you know, I’m not an a-hole. I believe in positive reinforcement. If something happens, I know he’ll make it up the next time he gets that chance. And that’s just the way I lead. If they want me to do that, you know, I’m fine with doing that . . . If that’s what we need to get over this hump and start winning games I’m definitely going to do it.

2. Alfred Morris had a pretty decent 107-yard game. He had two 32-yard runs which is great but that’s not really his game. Morris averaged just under five yards per carry on his other 11 attempts so that’s not bad. The big problem was the 13 total carries; that’s not enough for him to have a truly effective game. But the game situation took him out.

3. Maybe when Brandon Meriweather has recovered from his concussion and gets back into the lineup maybe he can play a solid game without incident. Last year he tore his ACL in the first game of the year he was able to play in. In his season debut on Sunday there was the concussion. Not only that, he’s likely to fined for the hit on the sideline that drew the flag and knocked him out of the game. And, even though it wasn’t flagged, he could get popped for the hit that knocked Eddie Lacy out of the game.

4. Now you can see how Aaron Rodgers could get sacked 51 times last year while the Packers still averaged 27 points per game. They got sacked on three out of four plays between their first two possessions but it didn’t matter. They got the field goal after the two Ryan Kerrigan sacks. After the Orakpo sack they punted and after a penalty the Redskins were back at the seven. Three and out for Washington and then a four-play TD drive to take a 10-0 lead. When you have Rodgers, you can recover.

5. The Redskins were called for seven penalties for 78 yards. Not sure if that’s better or worse than the 10 for 75 they drew against the Eagles, I’ll let you decide. But I will point out that three of them were on special teams and two were for unnecessary roughness (Nick Sundberg, Niles Paul). Considering that the kicking game contributed almost nothing positive, the field position lost on those plays was a big negative.

Stat of the day

—Griffin completed passes to 10 different receivers, tied for the most in team history. It’s now happened nine times in team history, the most recent before yesterday was January 3, 2010 against the Chargers.

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Timeline

—Days until: Lions @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Raiders 13; Redskins @ Cowboys 27

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 (telecast on Comcast SportsNet)

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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