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Need to Know: Redskins respect Packers' Rodgers

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Need to Know: Redskins respect Packers' Rodgers

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 12, three days before the Redskins play the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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1. When asking Redskins players about Aaron Rodgers it didn’t take long for them to come to saying “one of the best in the business”. Robert Griffin III said of him, “I appreciate the way he plays, the swagger he plays with, how he treats his teammates, all those different things. So you look up to those things.” However, he won’t spend much time appreciating Rodgers during the game. “When you’re playing him, you’re on opposite sidelines. There is no looking up to that. You’ve just got to go play.”

2. It was somewhat surprising the Brandon Meriweather was a full participant in practice. He was limited all last week with the groin problem and after testing it out on Monday night at FedEx he was placed on the inactive list. Practicing today is no guarantee that he will be able to play on Sunday but it’s certainly a good sign.

3. Jermichael Finley, the Packers’ pass-catching tight end, was one of two Green Bay players who sat out practice due to injuries yesterday. Finley injured a toe during their game against the 49ers and Josh Stitton’s back tightened up on the flight back to Wisconsin. Finley, who caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, did finish the game so it is not thought that the injury is serious.

4. In the locker room on Wednesday we heard a lot of players saying something similar to what London Fletcher said about the Eagles game:

You have 24 hours to celebrate or sulk so, in the NFL you can’t dwell too long or celebrate too long because the next game is up on you pretty fast. With this being a little bit shorter week, you had one day and then last night I started looking at Green Bay film and started prepping for them.

5. On Monday night, Chris Thompson drifted back and fair caught a punt on the Redskins’ five yard line. The mistake was magnified two plays later when Alfred Morris couldn’t handle a pitch from Griffin and the running back fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety. Tarik asked Thompson about his rookie mistake yesterday:

I was upset. At the moment I didn’t know it was such a bad idea, that I stepped back so far. I shouldn’t have done that. I just have to continue to work at it. It shouldn't have happened. It felt like I was running lateral, but I was losing ground. I should have just let it go. But it was way too late to get out of the way of the ball.”


Stat of the day

—The Redskins got off to a bad start when it comes to fixing one of their statistical sore spots last year, third down conversions. Last year they converted just 35.8 percent; on Monday it was just two of 10 for 20 percent.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Packers 3; Lions @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Raiders 17

—Today’s schedule: Player availability in locker room 11:15; Jim Haslett press conference 12:00; Practice 1:00; Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00)

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3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game. 

Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.

Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.

For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.

Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014. 

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Mic picks up Packers trainer telling Cowboys' Tony Romo 'you deserve better'

Mic picks up Packers trainer telling Cowboys' Tony Romo 'you deserve better'

When longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, there was general consensus that Prescott won the job fair and square when Romo got injured.

Romo himself said as much. But there are still people around the NFL who feel Dallas didn't do right by their 10-year starter. 

As Romo was leaving the field after the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs, Pepper Burruss, Green Bay's director of sports medicine, approached him. A microphone picked up Burruss saying what sounds like, "You deserve better." 

Take a listen. 

It's possible Burruss could have meant something else, like Romo deserved better injury luck. Maybe. 

Also keep in mind that Romo may have been leaving the field as a Cowboy for the final time of his career. What a note to leave on...

The 36-year-old has said he still wants an opportunity to start in the NFL. That won't happen in Dallas, so it's likely he'll move on to another team this offseason. 

According to Adam Schefter on ESPN Radio, the Cowboys may be willing to trade Romo to the team of his choice. 

Speculation has linked him to the Broncos, Bears, Jets and Texans.

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