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Need to Know: Will the Redskins go running back by committee?

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Need to Know: Will the Redskins go running back by committee?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 2, one day before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.

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Today's schedule: Off day, no availability

—The Redskins last played a game that counted 236 days ago. It will be 10 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 16; Browns @ Redskins 30; Redskins @ Ravens 37

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—I like Mack Brown and I think he could be a helpful player to have on the roster. But I just don’t see a spot for him. If they do take on a fourth running back I think it will be someone from outside of the organization, a veteran or an experienced back cut by another team. But I’d say they should stick with three; a fourth running back is like a fifth wheel. Keep Brown on the practice squad in case someone gets injured.

—The bigger implication of Wednesday night at running back may be in the division of carries. It seems that the offseason plan has been to give Matt Jones the vast majority of the carries, upwards of 75 percent of them. But the way that Robert Kelley ran, and the way he ran throughout the entire preseason, may prompt Jay Gruden and company to call his number more often. Jones will still get most of the rushing attempts but it may be more like a 60/40 split with Kelley and maybe Chris Thompson getting the other carries.

—If I was making the decision I probably would put Nate Sudfeld on waivers and try to get him through to the practice squad. If he gets claimed, oh well, find another developmental quarterback. But I don’t make those decisions and I think that the people in the Redskins organization who do will keep Sudfeld on the 53. It’s a defensible position, certainly. For one thing, a few teams needed three quarterbacks last year. For another, they have invested a lot of time in training Sudfeld in their system and they don’t want to start from scratch with another QB with the regular season getting underway.

—As of this writing, Josh Doctson is on the PUP list. He won’t be when Saturday rolls around. He has not practiced yet but they are not going to put him on the shelf for six weeks. I would look for him to be limited in practice the week leading up to the Steelers game and then inactive for the game. That pattern will continue for a few weeks until he gets up to full speed.

—On my final projection I have the Redskins keeping seven defensive linemen and 10 defensive backs. They could change that to keep Deshazor Everett on the roster. I don’t think that they really like their D-linemen beyond Chris Baker and maybe Ziggy Hood. If they think that their best 11 defensive backs are better football players than their best six D-linemen, why not set up the roster that way and keep Anthony Lanier and Corey Crawford on the practice squad.

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Jordan Reed back at practice with Redskins but in limited role

Jordan Reed back at practice with Redskins but in limited role

After missing all of last week with a shoudler injury, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was back on the practice field for Washington, though his role was limited. 

Reed took part in team stretching and then caught passes as part of individual drills. Reed did not do blocking work with the tight end group and Reed watched as the Redskins got into one-on-one and team drills.

Reed has missed three games this season. He sustained a concussion Week 5 against the Ravens that forced him out for two games, and on Thanksgiving in Dallas he injured his shoulder, which forced him to miss last week's loss in Arizona. 

For the year, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns. Washington coach Jay Gruden called Reed "day to day" for Sunday's game against the Eagles and the coach said he can't predict how quick the tight end will return. 

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Redskins designate Kory Lichtensteiger for return from IR

Redskins designate Kory Lichtensteiger for return from IR

After being placed on injured reserve in September, center Kory Lichtensteiger has been designated for return, the Redskins announced an Wednesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old lineman suffered a calf injury in Week 3 against the Giants, which resulted in the Redskins moving Spencer long to center and signing veteran center John Sullivan.

Long started the Redskins' last nine games before suffering a concussion in Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Now that he has been designated for return, Lichtensteiger will begin a 21-day practice period in which he remains on injured reserve.

Lichtensteiger started his previous 24 appearances at center following a four-year stint at left guard with the Redskins.