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Need to Know: Redskins news roundup--Jackson doesn't play for you

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Need to Know: Redskins news roundup--Jackson doesn't play for you

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 7, 9 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

The week that was

A look back at what we learned the past week and what it means:

—Josh LeRibeus to work at center—This is not a position change but cross training that could keep LeRibeus on the roster. With Chris Chester gone the Redskins need a player who can will in should Kory Lichtensteiger get hurt during a game. They need someone who is active on game day so they need a player who is a reserve at another position. This could get LeRibeus, who is going into the last year of his rookie contract, a shot at making the team and making the game day 46 on a regular basis. If he struggles learning center he would be very much on the roster bubble.

—Jamison Crowder implicated in domestic violence on his own Instagram account—There isn’t much to say about this right now because we don’t know much except for what popped up on the rookie receiver’s since-deleted account. It is worth keeping an eye on because of how tough the NFL is when it comes to domestic violence. A six-game suspension would not be a good way for Crowder to start off his NFL career. But we’re going to have to wait and see how this develops.

—DeSean Jackson doesn’t care what you think about his OTA absence—“As far as any critics or anybody else, I don’t play for them and I don’t worry about them,” Jackson said Wednesday when asked about missing last week’s three OTA sessions. This “controversy” appears to be over.

—Trent Williams out until camp—The Pro Bowl left tackle can’t shake an injury to an ankle ligament that he suffered during the season. This doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about a whole lot, especially since no surgery will be required. But Williams appeared on the injury report 10 times and missed a start last year so his general health is something to monitor.

—Jordan Reed has knee “procedure”—The tight end has missed 12 games in his two NFL seasons so even though what was done to his knee apparently is minor, his health is always a cause for concern. There’s certainly no reason to think that he won’t be ready to go when training camp starts but how long he’ll last after that remains to be seen.

Timeline

—It’s been 161 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 98 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 9; Redskins training camp starts 53; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 109

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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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