If Tanard Jackson returns to practice Thursday as expected, then the competition at safety can finally begin in earnest.Jackson missed the three days of training camp with a calf muscle strain, then sat out the next three days because of a CBA-mandated acclimation period.It definitely didnt help, he said of the delay. But its a long camp; we still have a lot competition left. My opportunity will come.Jackson is expected to challenge Madieu Williams for the starting free safety job. Brandon Meriweather, meanwhile, is expected to start at strong safety, while DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty appear to be battling for backup duty.Jackson said he can play both safety positions, but acknowledged hes more comfortable playing free.The native of Silver Spring began camp on the physically unable to perform list because of the ailing calf muscle. He said he was cleared by team doctors Sunday but couldnt join practice immediately because of a provision in the CBA that prohibits contact drills and pads during a players first three days in camp.Ive been patient these past three days, he said. I didnt know about the acclimation thing in the new CBA. I guess its a good thing because it protects us.Jackson joined the Redskins in April following his release by Tampa Bay, where he missed the majority of the 2010 season after being suspended by the NFL for a second violation of the leagues substance abuse policy. He was reinstated seven games into the 2011 season but had surgery on his shoulder in January. The Bucs cut him in April when he a failed physical exam.The hard-hitting 27-year-old didnt stay unemployed long. Secondary Coach Raheem Morris Jacksons head coach in Tampa Bay quickly reached out to the safety, who, in 2009, posted career highs in tackles (71) and interceptions (5) in 12 games.In 56 career games all with the Bucs Jackson has 239 tackles, 10 interceptions and a sack.As soon as I got released, I was on the phone with Raheem and Coach Jim Haslett, in less than 30 minutes, Jackson said.But if he wants to remain with his hometown team and reward Morris faith in him hes got to make up for lost time.And quickly.I dont have to overdo it, he said. But Im anxious to get out there. Im ready to go now.
One of the best parts of football season being back is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's NFL Superlatives.
When there is a primetime game on NBC, Fallon takes a look at those two teams' rosters and pokes some fun at particular players.
This week's matchup? Raiders vs. Redskins. Fallon, per usual, did not disappoint.
OT Ty Nsekhe, DE Matt Loannidis, QB Colt McCoy, OL Tyler Catalina and OT Morgan Moses are handed superlatives for the Redskins.
On the Raiders, QB Derek Carr and OT Donald Penn receive shoutouts.
It's going to be a tough matchup for the Redskins, but for now just enjoy a good laugh.
After beating the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 on the road in Week 2, the Washington Redskins will be at home on Sunday to take on the Oakland Raiders.
Heading into Week 3, the Redskins are currently in a three-way tie for control of the NFC East. Both the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have a 1-1 record. Meanwhile, the Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos who are also 2-0.
Here is what you need to know ahead of Redskins' Week 3 clash with the Oakland Raiders.
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When do the Redskins play the Raiders?
The Redskins will face off against the Raiders on the September 24th edition of NBC Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where can I watch the Redskins vs. Raiders game live stream online?
The Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football game can be live streamed at http://stream.nbcsports.com.
How can I listen to the Redskins vs. Raiders game on the radio?
What are the betting odds for the Redskins vs. Raiders game?
The Redskins are 3-point underdogs against the Raiders on Sunday.