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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes, Day 5--Last live drills of the year?

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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes, Day 5--Last live drills of the year?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 29, nine days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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News, notes, and quotes from Day 5 of Redskins training camp.

—I get asked on a regular basis how Morgan Moses is doing and if they intend to keep him on the left side. Here is your answer from the coach. "He's doing good. He's playing a lot of left tackle right now,” said Jay Gruden. “We'll start to switch him over to the right side here shortly. You know, we're just trying to get him a good feel for the offense and his position strength right now as left tackle, because that's what he's played the last two years at Virginia. Next week, we'll start him on the right side and see how he does and go from there, but I like the way he's developing.” After a rough day of one-on-one blocking on Sunday he was much better yesterday.

—If you missed yesterday’s practice you might have to wait until next year to see another one like it. "We might see them in full pads again, but I doubt we'll do any live drills,” said Gruden. “I don't mind going full pads, getting used to the full pads, but as far as going live and bringing people to the ground with the physical mentality, we probably won't do that very often."

—The Redskins signed former Cowboys Everette Brown before yesterday’s practice. “He’s going to be another pass rusher on the edge and play outside backer,” said Gruden. “He’s played 4-3 defensive end and he’s played a little outside backer so we’re going to give him a look at outside backer and see how he does.” He takes the roster spot vacated by the departure of Brandon Jenkins.

—Pierre Garçon had a slight hamstring injury and sat out the latter stages of practice. Gruden called it “a little soreness”. Garçon could be back after Tuesday’s off day but he wouldn’t commit to any specific timetable for a return. “I’ll be good,” he said. “No need to really rush it, or trying put everything to the wall right now. It is the first week of training camp.”

—Bruce Allen is usually very good at not saying anything or at least not saying the wrong thing. But on ESPN 950 in Richmond on Monday, he was asked about the Week 1 return of Robert Griffin III last year. “What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” said Allen. “It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced.” I have no idea why he would stir up that hornet’s nest just when the focus is turning to 2014.

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Timeline

—Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg was born on this date in 1987.

Today’s schedule: Off day for players

—It’s been 212 days since the Redskins played a game; in 40 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 9; Final cuts 32; Redskins @ Eagles 54

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

The Redskins and Cardinals highlight the Week 13 schedule with a showdown in the desert with heavy NFL playoff implications on the line.

If the Redskins (6-5-1) can score a victory over the Cardinals (4-6-1), the team can move closer to solidifying one of the top two Wild Card spots in the NFC playoff race.

Depite the Redskins' difficult Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, Kirk Cousins is playing the best football of his career as of late, and earned the NFC Player of the Month honors for his efforts.

While running back Robert Kelley did have a slip-up against the Cowboys, the team's run game still looks vastly improved from the early season, which allows the passing game to thrive even more. Jamison Crowder continues to impress, and although Jordan Reed will miss the Cardinals game with an injury, Vernon Daivs has proven to be an excellent option for Cousins.

The most entertaining matchup of Week 13 might be Redskins DB Josh Norman vs. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, but the most important matchup will undoubtedly be the Redskins defensive line vs. Cardinals RB David Johnson. 

RELATED: NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS HEADING INTO WEEK 13

Johnson trails just DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott -- who finished with 83 yards and one TD in Week 12 -- in total rushing yards with 920 and trails just Elliott and Legarrett Blount in rushing touchdowns with 10. The Redskins rank 25th in rushing defense, and have given up an average of 108 rushing yards in their last five games.

Redskins vs. Cardinals kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 4 on FOX. Redskins Kickoff gets things started at 3:00 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

CSN is providing all the live updates, stats, scores, highlights, videos and analysis from Redskins vs. Cardinals. Got a comment on the game? Be sure to let us know in the comment section and join Santana Moss and Sebastian Salazar at halftime for the Facebook Live Q&A.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates

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10:30 AM: Game Preview: The five things you need to know before Redskins vs. Cardinals.

1. Keep it moving
2. Missing in action
3. Consider the source
4. Problems don't go away
5. Harder they fall

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10:00 AM: Welcome to CSNMA's live updates blog of Week 13 Redskins vs. Cardinals. As always, I am Troy Machir and today I will be your online guide to Redskins vs. Cardinals football in the painted desert of the southwest. If you have an issue with me, you can cuss me out on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. It's fun.