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Need to Know: Redskins unlikely to be in a hurry to resolve QB situation

Need to Know: Redskins unlikely to be in a hurry to resolve QB situation

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, August 31, five days before the Washington Redskins make their final cuts.

Don’t hold your breath

If you haven’t read the column by colleague Tarik El-Bashir on why Jay Gruden should get a starting quarterback named sooner rather than later, go here to read it. Go ahead, I’ll wait, be right here.

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Here's the thing--I think Tarik is going to be disappointed. There is absolutely no hurry for the Redskins to take any action on Griffin.

The Redskins will hold relatively light practices on Monday and Tuesday. Tomorrow’s session will come less than 48 hours after the physical game against the Ravens and the next day will be two days out from the final preseason game. The first team offense isn’t going to play so there will really be no need to put Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins or, if you like long shots, Colt McCoy in as the “starting” quarterback during practice.

The team will hold its annual welcome home luncheon on Wednesday and the back end of the roster will play the Jaguars on Thursday.

The team has already announced that there will no media availability on Friday or Saturday, as final cuts are made. Sunday is like a no-availability day as the practice squad is finalized. The team has revised its schedule and now will take Monday as its regular day off. So the week will start a week from tomorrow. The will need to have identified a starting quarterback by then.

That’s eight days away.

Maybe the Redskins will move up the timetable to end the speculation and noise. But the probably want to at least wait until Griffin is cleared to play before making a decision public and that can’t happen until Friday at the earliest.

So, with a lack of incentive for the Redskins to hurry, we will wait. It could seem like an eternity.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00, Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:00)

—It’s been 246 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 13 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Final cuts 5; Rams @ Redskins 20; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 24

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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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