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Breeland returns for Redskins finale

Bashaud Breeland's return to game action wasn't perfect, but the corner was perfectly content with simply returning to the action

LANDOVER -- Players on the field for the fourth and final preseason game are typically backups or long shots. In that scenario, surrendering a 40-yard reception certainly wouldn't help a defensive back's final roster candidacy.

Bashaud Breeland's situation isn't typical. The Washington Redskins' potential starting cornerback missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games with a knee injury. That's why he's not fretting over the long grab against him in the 17-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night at FedEx Field.

All that really mattered was that the second-year corner was back on the field.

"I had to get a little rust off," Breeland said. "But for the most part, I was just happy to get back out there."

The injury occurred July 31 during a training camp drill in Richmond. Though he hopped back on the practice field in recent days, Thursday represented his first live action test since the 2014 regular season.

"I had to get back to the speed of the game," he said in the postgame locker room. "It's not like practice. It's going against somebody new. A new start."

His next start or at least game action won't occur until Week 2. The NFL suspended Breeland for the season opener because of a marijuana arrest one year ago.

He'll have time to go over the double move deftly executed by Jacksonville's Tony Washington, who hauled in the bomb down the right sideline during the second quarter with Breeland chasing from behind.

"He really sold the double move pretty good," he said. "My mindset, I was going to jump it either way."

Breeland admitted he "took my eyes off the receiver a little bit." The corner also acknowledged his aggressive mindset isn't going away.

"If it would have come again, I would have jumped it again. I would have just had to play better technique on the back end."

As for the knee, Breeland said, "it felt pretty good," though he's not of the fan of the brace he sported. "A [defensive back] doesn't want to be in a brace, but I felt pretty good.

Breeland hopes to ditch the brace for the Week 2 matchup against the Rams. In that game, it won't seem odd that he's on the field.

 Notes: DeAngelo Hall also received work against the Jaguars. Either Hall or Breeland likely starts at corner opposite Chris Culliver this season.

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