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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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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited including RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since. The starting running back said that

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Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Football players prefer to regulate their sport without fines and penalties, and in 2017, social media can be a platform for any and all declarations.

After Terrelle Pryor took a direct hit to his right knee in the Redskins win over the Rams, the receiver reached out to L.A. safety Cody Davis via Twitter with a polite, but firm, message. 

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Standing 6'6", Pryor is one of the tallest receivers in the league. It makes sense he doesn't like getting hit in the knees, as any skilly player doesn't, but particularly with the increased height that could mean more safeties are coming in low on him.

Through two games Pryor has eight catches for 97 yards. The season hasn't started particularly strong for Pryor, though the 6-foot-5, 240 lb. wideout remains confident that his production will increase. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not go as far as Pryor, but does believe his team's pass game is "very close" to firing on all cylinders. QB Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards last season, but through two games this year, his statistics have been subpar. 

To beat the undefeated Raiders, the Redskins will need a dominant performance from Pryor. He sounds like he's up for the job.

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