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Report: Redskins RB Keith Marshall out at least 3 weeks

The seventh-round pick suffered a elbow injury in the Redskins' most recent preseason game.

Don't expect Washington Redskins rookie Keith Marshall back for the preseason finale or the regular season opener should he make the team.

Marshall will reportedly miss at least three weeks with an elbow injury sustained during Friday night's preseason game.

A seventh-round pick who is battling for a roster spot, Marshall suffered injuries throughout his college career at Georgia.

He has likely fallen behind undrafted free agent Robert Kelley in the race for the third RB spot. Mack Brown is also in the mix, especially if the Redskins keep four backs.

Kelley started the game against Buffalo because Matt Jones was sidelined with a sprained shoulder. The Redskins hope Jones will be available for the Sept. 12 opener against Pittsburgh.

What we think: Bummer for Marshall, but this could be the best of both worlds for the Redskins. The only reason I'm saying Marshall has "likely fallen behind" Kelley is it's possible general manager Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden might have different opinions on which back they prefer. Otherwise, Kelley has impressed the most and received the most praise from teammates and coaches. If the Redskins keep only three backs, Kelley joins Jones and Chris Thompson. Now Washington might be able to stash Marshall, who ran the fastest 40-yard time at the NFL Combine, rather than release him. 

The Redskins return to practice Monday. Gruden is scheduled to hold a press conference following practice.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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