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Need to Know: The Redskins may have to release some cornerbacks they'd rather keep

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Need to Know: The Redskins may have to release some cornerbacks they'd rather keep

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 17, 11 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 189 days ago. It will be 57 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 25; Final roster cut 48; Cowboys @ Redskins 64

Three and out

—The Redskins are going to have to let go of a cornerback or two they would rather keep. The maximum they can keep without creating a major numbers squeeze elsewhere is five. Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, and Kendall Fuller are locks. Quinton Dunbar is close to being a lock. That leaves one spot for Dashaun Phillips, Greg Toler, and rookie Lloyd Carrington. Both Carrington and Phillips have practice squad eligibility but with the position at a premium around the league they’ll want to keep their best five on the 53. The competition will be interesting.

—Rashad Ross could have problems seeing the field much if the other receivers on the roster stay healthy. He could be a kickoff returner as he returned one for a touchdown in Week 3. But he has to be on the game day active list to do that and there are usually no more than five wide receivers on the 46. Going into training camp he clearly appears to be the sixth of the six receivers who should make the roster. He is going to have to work his way up the depth chart if he is going be on the active list on a regular basis. Either that or be so good a returning kickoffs that they can’t afford to keep him down.

—To clarify something that I’ve had numerous questions about, the Redskins and Kirk Cousins now can’t agree to a contract extension until the day after the final regular season game. The team can talk to Cousins’ agent but they can’t send a contract to the league until January 2, the day after their regular season finale. As Cousins said in a press conference during OTAs, it’s “see you on the other side” for both the team and the player. They will have from January 2 until early March to reach an agreement before the team will have to decide whether or not to use the franchise tag again. That move would give Cousins either 120 percent of his 2016 salary or the quarterback franchise tag salary, whichever is higher. It is very likely that the former option will be the bigger salary.

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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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