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Note to Redskins: Buyer beware on Giants' WR Nicks

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Note to Redskins: Buyer beware on Giants' WR Nicks

Many Redskins fans have their eye on Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks as a possible big-play addition to their team’s offense. But according to a report, it appears that Nicks is in the “buyer beware” category of free agents.

Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Network that Nicks is not expected to return to the Giants. The team that drafted Nicks in the first round in 2009 will let him walk for two reasons.

First, he has battled injury and ineffectiveness over the past two seasons. In 2012 he had nagging foot and knee injuries all year that caused him to miss three games. After gaining over 2,200 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns combined in 2010-2011 he has fallen off to a little over 1,500 yards and three TD’s.

Perhaps more disturbing is Rapoport's report that during the 2013 Nicks has been fined repeatedly for being late to meetings and for missing injury treatment sessions. The fines for these transgressions amounted to “thousands” of dollars per incident.

Nicks has talent, no question about it. But the Redskins or any team that might be considering signing him needs to consider that if he acts like this in a contract year, how will he behave when he has millions of guaranteed dollars?

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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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