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Browns QB Weeden has concussion

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Browns QB Weeden has concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas took one look at Brandon Weeden and knew something was wrong with his quarterback.

``He was on the ground just kind of shaking his head,'' Thomas said.

Weeden sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, an injury that brought Colt McCoy off the bench to close out only Cleveland's second win in 18 games against its biggest rival.

It was a twist for McCoy, who suffered a concussion late last season at Pittsburgh when he was leveled on a vicious hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Weeden appeared to bang his head on Thomas' leg as he fell awkwardly after throwing an incomplete pass with about five minutes left. The rookie was slow getting up and walked unsteadily to the sideline where he was met by medical personnel. Weeden was then escorted to Cleveland's locker room for further treatment and evaluation.

Thomas thought Weeden collided with Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds, who was applying pressure on the play.

``I thought his helmet hit another guy's helmet,'' Thomas said. ``But anytime you're getting whipped down like that and getting that whiplash effect, it's not good on the noggin.''

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden has a concussion but offered few other details. Shurmur spoke with his 29-year-old QB following the game.

``He's good,'' Shurmur said. ``We had a good conversation. He's being treated for a concussion, but we'll see where that goes. Some guys come back quickly, some guys don't, so we'll just have to see where's that's at.''

Weeden finished 17 of 26 for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception before he was injured. His third pass was tipped and returned 53 yards for a touchdown by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

McCoy did not attempt a pass as the Browns were intent on running out the clock in the final minutes. It was the first action this season for the third-year QB, who missed the final three games last season with his head injury and lost his starting job when Cleveland selected Weeden in the first round of this year's draft.

With the game still up for grabs, Thomas said McCoy brought a steadying presence into the huddle.

``It was good to get him out there,'' Thomas said. ``He's a huge asset to this team, not only what he does in practice, but being able to be a backup who's ready, who's completely studied up as if he was the starter and completely ready and willing to take over the offense, to lead us just as well as Brandon.

``So having him in there with the confidence that he has and the games that he's played under his belt is huge.''

If Weeden can't play next week at Oakland, McCoy would start and the Browns are confident he could step in and succeed.

``We've got Colt and Colt is going to do whatever he does,'' running back Trent Richardson said. ``We're going to make sure Colt knows we believe in him. But I'm pretty sure Weeden's going to be back. Weeden's a warrior. He's been around for a while, including to his age. But he's a warrior.

``Weeden's one of the guys that don't want to get out. He didn't even want to go out then. They had to hide his helmet from him. So I'm pretty sure he'll be back. But if it comes down to it, we've got Colt and Colt makes smart decisions and Colt's been ready to play all year.''

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys a rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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