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Need to Know: Baby steps for RG3 today

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Need to Know: Baby steps for RG3 today

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 14, five days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

A big step for Griffin

First he said it on Twitter:
There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don't have to like everything

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 12, 2013
And, since Mike Shanahan has stated that he isn’t on Twitter and doesn’t read Twitter, Robert Griffin III made an unscheduled stop by the media room at the Bon Secours training center to make sure that everyone got the message.

“I just want everybody to know if there’s any questions about if there’s a rift between me and Coach [Shanahan] or if there’s a conflict,” he said. “There is no conflict. Coach is Coach. I’m the player. Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything the coaches are asking me to do. I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career and that’s what part of this plan is about.”

Well, I’m glad we have that settled now. Go on about your business, people.

Griffin finished up his statement by saying,  “That being said, I’m excited about tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow” in the statement is, of course, today, the day that RG3 is supposed to take snaps in 11 on 11 drills for the first time since training camp began almost three weeks ago.

It’s a big moment for Griffin but all indications are that it won’t be compelling viewing. I wouldn’t call in sick for work or anything in order to come out and see RG3’s initial full-team work of 2013.

His reps will be limited to fewer than ten, maybe a lot fewer. According to reports his snaps will come against the scout team defense also known as the last string defense. There won’t be any read option plays, nothing fancy out of the pistol formation.

Griffin will hand off a few times, he will throw a few short passes and that will be it.

It will be a big moment for Griffin, a major milestone in what has been, by all appearances, a remarkable recovery from having his knee reconstructive just over seven months ago. But it still will be a baby step for Griffin and baby steps aren’t always exciting except for the baby and for the parents.

We’ll be out there every step of the way to tell you what happens. If you want to join us from the spectator area at Bon Secours training center please do, but keep you expectations low.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

12:40—Single practice, players available coming off of the field

2:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Loss of Thomas further thins safety corps

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Days until: Steelers @ Redskins 5; Preseason game No. 3 Bills @ Redskins 10; Eagles @ Redskins 25

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report

QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.

OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot. 

WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.

OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.

ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.

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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.