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What to watch for: Bengals at Redskins

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What to watch for: Bengals at Redskins

What:Redskins vs. Bengals
Where:FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
When:Sunday, 1 p.m.
TV:CBSAfter a triumphant opener in New Orleans, the Redskins didnt just stumble in St. Louis last week, they suffered a pair of significant injuries that could hamper them for the rest of the season.On Sunday, the Redskins (1-1) will get their first taste of life without two-time Pro Bowl selectionBrian Orakpoand defensive endAdam Carrikerin their home opener againstAndy Daltonand the Bengals (1-1).The defensive front seven was supposed to be the Redskins strength this season and Orakpo was supposed to lead the charge.Now its a major concern for a unit that yielded 31 points to the previously punchless Rams.The void left by Orakpo is so daunting, in fact, defensive coordinatorJim Haslettsaid he intends to use a trio of unproven reserves Rob Jackson,Chris WilsonandMarkus White in the hopes that three will equal one. None, however, has ever made an NFL start.In addition, the Redskins defense could be without starting cornerbackJosh Wilson(concussion) and strong safetyBrandon Meriweather(knee) against a Bengals offense that features a Pro Bowl quarterback-receiver tandem in Dalton andA.J. Green,plus running backBenJarvis Green-Ellis.Since the start of training camp, Coach Mike Shanahan has touted his teams improved depth.This weekend, well find out how much deeper the pool actually is.Injuries aside, there are a handful of other storylines the crew atwww.csnwashington.comwill be following: Among them:1) One unit that has been consistent for the Redskins thus far has been theRobert Griffin III-led the offense. It has racked up 40 and 28 points in the first two games and Griffin has been the talk of the league.Although the status of wide receiverPierre Garon(sore foot) remains unclear, Griffin could be primed for a big home debut against a Bengals defense that has struggled this far. In the first two games, in fact, Cincinnati that has yielded a total of 434.5 yards (30th) and 35.5 points on average (29th).2) Special teams remain a problem for the Redskins. A season after five field goals were knocked down, punterSav Roccapunts blocked in consecutive games. Both blocks, meantime, led directly to pivotal touchdowns for the opponent.This week, Shanahan professed confidence in special teams CoachDanny Smith, pointing out that players not scheme were to blame for both miscues. Either way, the unit must get turned around. And quick.3) How much will Griffin run the ball? Eyebrows were raised last week when the dual-threat rookie carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards totals that ranked just five and seven, respectively, behind running backAlfred Morris.Griffins ability to run for first downs, extend plays and make something out of nothing with his legs is a huge bonus for the Redskins. It could, however, prove to be an even greater risk.Although Griffin said hes well versed in how to avoid taking punishing hits, it should be pointed out that at least one last week appeared to stun him. On a 15-yard keeper up the middle in the second quarter, Griffin took a shot to the back of his helmet. One play later, he tossed arguably the worst pass of his fledgling NFL career, an off-balance, off-target throw that ended up in the hands of cornerbackCortland Finnegan.

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Redskins lock arms, several take a knee during Week 3 national anthem

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Redskins lock arms, several take a knee during Week 3 national anthem

Just prior to kickoff of the Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and Raiders, the entire Redskins roster — including owner Dan Snyder — linked arms on the sidelines as a show of solidarity after a day of controversy regarding national anthem protests.

With President Donald Trump making strong statements on Saturday — urging owners to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem — countless players, coaches and team officials used their Sunday spotlight to send a message.

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The Redskins had the primetime slot in Week 3, and right before kickoff, used it to come together. Several players, including Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed, took a knee as the Star Spangled Banner was being sung. 

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

LANDOVER, Md.—After a week of uncertainty about the status of starters Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, the Redskins have announced their inactives against the Raiders. 

The storylines leading into the matchup have centered on the matchup between quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, as well as the resurgent return of Oakland's Marshawn Lynch. 

REDSKINS vs. RAIDERS WEEK 3 INACTIVES

The following players are inactive for the Redskins:

  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL T.J. Clemmings
  • CB Josh Holsey
  • DE Anthony Lanier
  • LB Mason Foster
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • TE Jordan Reed

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Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury that knocked him out of the Redskins’ win over the Rams last week in the second quarter. There was hope all week that he could play as he participated in practice on a limited basis all week. He was listed as questionable for the game. His absence means that Mack Brown will be active for the first time this year. He may get some carries in relief of starter Samaje Perine.

Reed also was questionable. He was out of practice on Monday but he was able to come back and go on a limited basis the next two days. The Pro Bowler is one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets and his absence will be felt. Vernon Davis will start in his place and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle is active.

Foster was one of the Redskins’ heroes in the win last week, getting the game-clinching interception. He separated his shoulder during the game and popped it back into place and continued playing. Will Compton will start in his inside linebacker spot. 

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