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Lichtensteiger among Redskins sitting out practice

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Lichtensteiger among Redskins sitting out practice

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger missed practice with a sprained left ankle Wednesday as the Washington Redskins held their first practice for the playoffs.

Lichtensteiger was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's NFC East-clinching win over the Dallas Cowboys.

``I wish I was doing better, but it's the hand I'm dealt,'' Lichtensteiger said. ``I really want to be out there, and I'm going to give it everything I can to be out there, but who knows at this point?''

Third-round pick Josh LeRibeus, who played 21 snaps in relief during the Redskins' 274-yard rushing effort against the Cowboys, would likely make his first NFL start if Lichtensteiger can't go this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker London Fletcher also did not practice because of a sprained left ankle, but he has frequently sat out since he was injured in mid-November. Fletcher has never missed a game in his 15-year NFL career and is expected to play Sunday.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins missed practice because of the flu, and nickel cornerbacks D.J. Johnson and DeJon Gomes are both dealing with sprained left knees. Johnson did not practice, while Gomes was limited.

Wednesday also marked the return of cornerback Cedric Griffin following his four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

``He looked like he'd been away for a few weeks,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``And I thought he had a good day of practice, but we'll evaluate that day-by-day.''

The Redskins have yet to decide whether to restore Griffin to the active roster for this week's game.

Asked if he had any doubts about whether the Redskins would bring him back, Griffin replied: ``That's none of my concern. ... I'm here now. It's a new year.''

In his first season with Washington, the 30-year-old Griffin was a regular in nickel packages and has 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

``I'm sure I'll be out there (Sunday),'' Griffin said. ``I'm in pretty good shape right now. Coach Shanahan feels comfortable about my situation.''

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AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

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Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

When England's all-time goalscorer signed on with D.C. United in June, the soccer community in the nation's capital was ignited. 

Shortly after the excitement came the questions. How much does he have left in the tank? Can he actually carry a struggling D.C. United squad? Is he up for the task? 

Wayne Rooney has responded. 

Through 18 MLS matches, the 32-year-old now has 10 goals. 

In the first half of Wednesday night's game against Toronto FC, Rooney broke a scoreless tie with this free-kick strike. 

DC United currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, on 44 points.

 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.