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Instant analysis: Bears 33, Redskins 31

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Instant analysis: Bears 33, Redskins 31

CHICAGORobert Griffin III turned in an uneven performance in the Redskins second preseason game, a 33-31 loss to the Bears on Saturday night.Griffin played the entire first half, completing five of eight pass attempts for 49 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also was sacked three times, losing a total of 19 yards, and fumbled for the second consecutive game.There were two injures to defensive starters, however that overshadowed Griffins struggles.Linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered an apparent left shoulder injury, while strong safety Brandon Meriweather sustained a left knee injury.Neither player returned to the game and the seriousness of the injuries will be determined after further examination.If either is sidelined long term, the Redskins depth will be seriously tested. Rob Jackson is listed as Orakpos backup at right outside linebacker. Meriweather was replaced by Tanard Jackson.Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to update the status of both players during his postgame news conference.A few other observations from Soldier Field:--If Brandon Banks was on the bubble entering the game, he should be off it now. The diminutive special teams ace returned an Adam Podlesh punt 91 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the Redskins deficit to 17-10.Banks fielded the punt near the left hashes, burst through a seam, then raced down the right sideline. It marked the third straight preseason in which he returned a punt for a score.--Alfred Morris was tapped a starter and given he biggest opportunity of his young career. It was so-so. He rushed for 38 yards on his first five carries, including a 21-yard scamper on his first carry. But the rookie, who is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster, had only 34 yards on 10 carries when he left the game at the end of the second half.--Kirk Cousins, playing primarily against Chicagos reserves, put up impressive statistics and made a strong opening argument to be tapped as Griffins backup (instead of Rex Grossman). Cousins tossed three touchdown passes and finished 18-23 for 264 yards and three touchdown passes. with a passer rating of 153.Well have more news, notes and reaction from the locker room in a bit.

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.

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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.

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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.