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Redskins head into final week in Richmond

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Redskins head into final week in Richmond

RICHMOND—This morning we took a look at the Redskins’ week that was. Now here’s a quick look at the week ahead:

Today: Walkthrough 10:35, practice 3:05—The focus today will be on the possible returns of some injured players, especially some who need to be able to participate in Thursday’s preseason game. In particular, David Amerson (shoulder) and Preston Smith (groin) need to get on the field today or, at the latest, tomorrow if they are going to play in Cleveland. Jay Gruden will talk before the afternoon session and he will update us on injuries and on now long the starters will play.

Tomorrow: A single practice at 1:35. This will be a final tuneup for the preseason game, although the starters won’t play for long and there is no real game planning per say, just a list of plays they want to work on.

Wednesday: A final practice/walkthrough before boarding the flight to Cleveland.

Thursday: The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:00 p.m. The big competitions are between Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy for the backup quarterback job and Duke Ihenacho vs. Jeron Johnson at strong safety. The play of the quarterbacks will be particularly important since Gruden said that preseason play will be the determining factor in who is the No. 2 QB.

Friday: Off day

Saturday-Monday: The Redskins wrap up the Richmond portion of their season preparation with one practice on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one on Monday. 

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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.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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