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Redskins 20, Browns 17: Preseason win marred by injuries

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Redskins 20, Browns 17: Preseason win marred by injuries

CLEVELAND—The Redskins and Browns got together for a fairly entertaining preseason game here tonight that was won by Washington 20 to 17. But the game was marred by two injuries to Redskins, both of whom were carted off the field.

Game Recap: The Redskins blew a golden opportunity to get on the board first. Robert Griffin III, who was solid in two series of play, launched a bomb to a wide-open Pierre Garçon. It appeared that the Redskins would have a 7-0 lead but Garçon dropped the pass and the Redskins punted. 

Josh McCown led the Browns to a touchdown on their first possession, capping a 75-yard drive with a scrambling two-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin. 

The Redskins responded with a field goal drive led by Griffin but Cleveland extneed its lead to 14-3 after recovering an Andre Roberts fumble on a punt return. That set up a 12-yard touchdown run on a scramble by Johnny Manziel. 

But Washington took control the rest of the way. After a Kirk Cousins touchdown run (see the key moment below), the teams exchanged field goals. The Redskins went ahead to stay when rookie running back Trey Williams found his way into the end zone on a one-yard run that capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive. 

Key Moment: The Redskins were trailing 14-3 midway through the second quarter. Kirk Cousins led an 80-yard touchdown drive. His passes to Andre Roberts accounted for 62 of those yards (3 catches). Cousins capped it off with a four-yard touchdown run on a bootleg play. He faked a handoff up the middle and then scooted untouched around the left end for the touchdown. 

Player of the Game: Some front-line players like Alfred Morris (8 carries for 42 yards) and Roberts (4 receptions, 71 yards) had good games. But the first preseason game is about the long shots to make the team so let’s go with wide receiver Rashad Ross. He caught five passes for 68 yards and had some nice runs after catching the ball. 

And there has to be some recognition for Kirk Cousins, who was sharp in his two quarters of work, completing 12 of 14 passes for 154 yards. That comes to a passer rating of 112.5. 

Injury Update: The two players who were carted off the field were TE Niles Paul and RB Silas Redd. Paul was injured in the first quarter when someone fell on the back of his leg. The initial diagnosis was a dislocated ankle, according to a media report. 

Redd was injured in the third quarter after being tackled on a run. He was twisted around and then appeared to be injured when another defender joined in the tackle. The team announced that he had a sprained right knee. 

MORE REDSKINS: RG3 Report: Griffin's performance mixed in small sample size

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After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.

But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones. 

Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."

Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.

"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."

"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."

"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."

"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."

The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks. 

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.

On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:

You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization. 

It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.

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