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Need to Know: Around Redskins Park—'A chance' that Breeland plays vs. Ravens

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Need to Know: Around Redskins Park—'A chance' that Breeland plays vs. Ravens

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 6, three days before the Washington Redskins go up the road to play the Ravens in Baltimore.

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Today's schedule: Joe Barry press conference 12:40; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Lions 17; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 24

Notes and quotes from around Redskins Park

—Mason Foster does think there is some level of a rivalry between Redskins and Ravens fans. “Each game is a big game but when you're playing your next door neighbor in anything it's big,” he said. “You might see them around, it's like families are split.”

—Will Compton said that an emphasis in practice has been to get all of the defenders around the ball during a play. “We had more of a sense of urgency today in preaching that when the play ends we should all be in the same frame,” said Compton. “We're going to get it right.”

—Josh Norman always comes through with a good quote. This is his description of his upcoming matchup with Ravens receiver Steve Smith, who was Norman’s teammate for a season with the Panthers:. “A lion against a lion, a dog against a dog, a beast against a beast.”

—Another one from Norman when asked to describe Smith: “That guy, he'll take your heart away if you allow him to.

—Jay Gruden was asked if he thought that Bashaud Breeland, who missed the Browns game with an ankle injury, could play against the Ravens. “Oh, yeah, there’s a chance,” he said. “He’s close.”

—New Redskins safety Donte Whitner clearly is still salty about being released by the Browns on April 2, well after he had a chance of getting any type of big or even modest money as a free agent. “Nothing against those guys but the way that they released me and waited so long to do so I feel that they had a personal vendetta,” he said. He also referred to his release as “a slap in the face”. Too bad the Redskins already played the Browns.

—Does Kirk Cousins think his play is getting better? “I just think it’s week to week, it’s day to day,” he said. “I don’t know that you ever say, ‘I’m starting to play well now’ or ‘I wasn’t playing well then.’ I mean, it’s just, who knows. You can win two games in a row, if you lose this week, now it’s, ‘Cousins isn’t playing well and doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ So I just take it one game at a time.”

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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).

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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