Redskins: Morning wake-up call

August, 10, 2013
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After a day off, the Washington Redskins return to practice this afternoon in Richmond for a 2 p.m. ET workout. They’re off again Sunday. Here’s what I’m monitoring:

Injured players. We’ll get an update on the health of rookie safety Phillip Thomas (shoulder/toe), receiver Donte' Stallworth (hamstring) and rookie linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (separated right shoulder), all of whom were hurt in Thursday’s 22-21 preseason win over Tennessee. Thomas is going to make the final roster, but any missed time will slow his learning curve. Stallworth missed time last week with a hamstring issue so to re-aggravate the injury is not a good sign for his chances of making the team. Kimbrough is an undrafted free agent and longshot to make the roster, though he’s opened some eyes with his hitting ability. A good preseason could earn him a practice squad spot. That could be tough now.

Robert Griffin III's workout. Yes, he’ll almost always be on this list. How much more will he do today than he did during the last official practice Tuesday? Griffin worked out before the Titans’ game, performing drills that he has been doing every day (simulating his movements in the pocket under duress). Coach Mike Shanahan said after the game Thursday that he was not sure when Griffin would take full-team work, but that he would start getting work with the starters in the walk-through sessions.

Rookie tight end Jordan Reed. He bruised his foot in practice Monday and did not play against the Titans. When will he return? Reed is the Redskins’ fourth tight end, but a player they really like (which is why they took him in the third round, of course). But he missed the spring workouts with a knee/quad injury, putting him behind. It’s tough to miss this much time as a rookie.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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