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Redskins notebook: RG3 update; Practice squad

Latest from Redskins Park includes coach Jay Gruden providing latest on Robert Griffin III and final roster decisions

ASHBURN -- Redskins coach Jay Gruden met with the media fo the first time since Thursday's preseason finale and Washington trimmed its roster to the league-mandated 53 players. Topics for discussion included:

Robert Griffin III

  • He will meet with an "indepenent neurologist one more time early this week," Gruden said. "Hopefully he'll get cleared, but we'll wait and see."
  • Gruden will also wait and see before officially announcinng the primary backup to starter Kirk Cousins. Griffin worked as the third QB during the portion off Sunday's practice made available to the media.
  • How much did potential distraction factor in to keeping RG3 on the roster: "None. The only distractions, like I said are made out here," Gruden said to the assembled media members. "We don't feel like he's a distraction at all. We feel like he's a quarterback that's young and talented and done some great things. You can never have too many quarterbacks in your building."

Help coming

  • Gruden was asked if bodies would be added to the practice squad specifically for tight end and linebacker. Typically Washington keeps three tight ends. Currently only Jordan Reed and Derek Carrier are on the 53-man roster, though offensive tackle Tom Compton served in that role during preseason when injuries mounted. The Redskins only kept eight linebackers, a light amount for a team using a 3-4 scheme. "I mean, you can do the math," Gruden said. "You can pretty much see where we need to pencil in a practice squad player or two." Speaking of the 10-man practice squad.

Staying put

  • Seven lockers were set up inside the Redskins locker room with name plates of players released Saturday. They included TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT Jakoby Cofield, RB Terrance Williams, ILB Terrance Plummer and OLB Houston Bates. Plummer released his personal news ahead of the actual announcement.

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  • Gruden said he doesn't anticpate much roster turnover over the next 48 hours other than the practice squad additions. "I don't envision a lot, but you never know. Scot [McCloughan] and the scoutss are up there right now workingg their tails off. So, we'll see what happens."

Extra point

  • Trent Murphy will start at OLB and then "Preston [Smith] will play a lot too" opposite Ryan Kerrigan. The starting slot opened following Junior Galette's season-ending surgery.
  • Rashad Ross shined throughout the preseason, going from long shot to one of six wide receivers kept on the roster. "No brainer," Gruden said of the final decision. Ross said he's heard he'll be a "kickoff return dude," but that remains uncertain until the team begins practicing for the Week 1 matchup against Miami.
  • Offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe was not at practice for "personal reasons." Something to keep an eye on considering roster changes are still possible if not likely before Week 1. 
  • On the decision to keep Nsekhe as one of their 10 offensive linemen: "I think his peformance. He's a guy that really was a long shot at making this football team. He's another one of those guys that add to the roster late in OTA's and it's like, 'Okay, it's a body.' Then you put him in there in the team work and you see a big guy...you see him competiting. ...It's been a process, but we feel good about his transformation."

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