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Need to Know: Redskins' Gruden says Paul's rehab has been 'unbelievable'

Need to Know: Redskins' Gruden says Paul's rehab has been 'unbelievable'

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 15, 43 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

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Today at Redskins Park: Minicamp practice 11:30; Players and offensive assistant coaches available coming off of the field, approx. 1:30; Jay Gruden news conference (streamed live on CSNmidatlantic.com) approx. 2:00

—The Redskins last played a game 157 days ago. It will be 89 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 43; Preseason opener @ Falcons 57; Final roster cut 80

Hot topics from Redskins minicamp

—Will Compton is developing a great reputation as a leader. Even the leader on the other side of the ball, the quarterback, recognizes it. “Will’s a great leader; I think he does a really good job of getting the other 10 guys on the field to play better when he’s in there,” said Kirk Cousins when asked about the third-year linebacker. “I think that’s the sign of a good player and it’s hard to account for, it’s hard to measure. When a guy steps in a huddle, 10 other guys play at a higher level because he’s in there.”

—Niles Paul made an amazing recovery from an ankle injury that his doctor said was one of the worst he’s ever seen. The injury happened in the first week of the preseason in Cleveland and rehab was supposed to take nearly a year. But 10 months later he’s back in what appears to be full action. He had to persuade Gruden to let him on the field for the preseason program. “He’s done an unbelievable job in rehab to get himself to this point . . . He was in my office all the time saying he was ready to go,” said Gruden. Finally I gave in and said, ‘Go practice!’”

—Don’t sleep on the possibility that Kendall Reyes, signed as a lower mid tier free agent, will end up starting at right defensive end. He has been getting a lot of run there with the first team through OTAs and during yesterday’s first day of minicamp. It’s hard to tell how effective he might be with pads on but he will get a shot when the get to Richmond.

—Take a look at this catch by rookie free agent cornerback Lloyd Carrington. A great, athletic play.

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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.

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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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