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Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who could be on the roster bubble

Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who could be on the roster bubble

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 18, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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Here are five Redskins veterans who could find themselves on the wrong side of the roster bubble.

DeAngelo Hall—I’ve noted a few times lately that his $4 million salary puts him in danger of being faced with the choice of being cut or taking a reduction in pay. His job security is that if he left the No. 4 corner would be Tevin Mitchel, a very raw rookie.

Josh LeRibeus—Perhaps he’s not really a veteran because he hasn’t played much but he has been on the roster for three years. If he is going to hang on as the eighth or ninth offensive lineman he will have to beat out 2014 seventh-round pick Austin Reiter and/or first-year player Tyler Larsen. As a player who was drafted by Mike Shanahan for a zone-blocking scheme, LeRibeus will need to be on top of his game to be on the roster Week 1.

Kedric Golston—Right now, the numbers seem to favor him staying. But if they decide to keep a fourth tight end or a tenth offensive lineman the roster spot could come from the defensive line. If it does, the longest-tenured Redskin would be in a fight.

Colt McCoy—I’m putting the possibility of McCoy not making the 53 in the “unlikely but could happen” category. Even though Jay Gruden might prefer to go with two quarterbacks, he likely is inclined to hold onto McCoy as a security blanket. But the final 53 isn’t completely up to Gruden; Scot McCloughan has final say on the roster. If it comes down to the Redskins being able to keep McCoy or a young player that McCloughan believes has potential, could the GM pull rank? Again, it’s not very likely but something to keep an eye on.

Kai Forbath—I don’t think that Ty Long, the undrafted rookie who was signed as the second kicker, has a realistic shot at beating out Forbath. But all it will take is a couple of missed field goals from short range and they’ll be calling in some veterans for tryouts. I sense that their confidence in Forbath is shaky and they might not hesitate to pull the trigger on a change if he should stumble.

Timeline

—It’s been 202 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 57 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 12; Preseason opener @ Browns 26; final cuts 49

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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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