Washington Redskins wake-up call

August, 9, 2014
Aug 9
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The Washington Redskins return to Richmond with a 2 p.m. ET practice Saturday. They have two more Sunday and Monday with a final workout scheduled for Tuesday morning that is closed to the public. If you're attending, or if you're just wondering, “What weather will John be working in today?” here's the forecast: low 80s and a 10-percent chance of rain. I'll take it.

Three areas I'll monitor:
  1. Injuries. The Redskins emerged unscathed from Thursday's preseason game, but there's typically a player or two who was more banged up than realized during, or even immediately after, the match. Also, how are the players who sat out, especially receiver Pierre Garcon (hamstring), receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) and safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring)?
  2. Is defensive end Jason Hatcher practicing? Coach Jay Gruden anticipated Hatcher's return to practice after the first preseason game (though he would not play until the third one). Whether that means Saturday was uncertain. Chances are Saturday will not be a heavy practice considering they just played a game two days ago.
  3. Changes to the lineups. Not to the starting lineup, mind you. Though I like guard Spencer Long he did not show anything Thursday that suggested he should challenge Chris Chester at this point. Later? Perhaps. Now? Still learning. But the running back and safety battles will be interesting because a few players flashed at those positions.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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