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Odd Men Out: Which Seven Redskins Sit Out Week 1 Against The Steelers?

The 53-man roster will be just 46 Monday night. With a rather healthy, coach Jay Gruden has several tough choices, including in the secondary.

Updated September 12, 10:35 a.m.

The Washington Redskins issued their final official injury report Saturday ahead of the Monday night season opener against Pittsburgh. Five players are "questionable" -- there is no longer a "probable" tag -- with defensive lineman Kedric Golston popping up Saturday. 

On Monday, seven players, whether for injury or odd man out, will be ruled inactive. Here's an educated guess on those seven.

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Nate Sudfeld - If the Redskins are lucky, the third-string quarterback will never be part of the 46-man game-day roster. The 2016 sixth-round pick isn't ready for prime time yet in more ways than one.

Josh Doctson - Sat out over three months with an Achilles injury. Just returned to practicing this week. Saturday marked his first full practice. He's a rookie. The Redskins are loaded at wide receiver. Doctson's debut will wait. 

[UPDATE, Monday AM: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that "Doctson is slated to be in uniform" Monday night. That seems somewhat aggressive considering the time missed, but also would indicate how much he's shown this past week in practice. If he's in, Ryan Grant might be out assuming Rashad Ross remains th primary kick returner.

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Austin Reiter - Spencer Long (sprained ankle) practiced in full Saturday. He would serve as the primary backup to starting center Kory Lichtensteiger with Reiter as third string. With a rather healthy roster, there's no real need for a third center this week. 

Arie Kouandjio - Going with only seven offensive linemen is dicey, but it's been done before. Assuming Long, Trent Williams (knee) and Ty Nsekhe (illness) are good, the Redskins can take that risk.

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Kedric Golston - Going with only five defensive linemen isn't ideal, but it might happen seeing as the 33-year-old nose tackle didn't practice Saturday. That Kendall Reyes (groin) did after limited work earlier in the week would indicate he's available. If both are iffy, Louis Nix could be activated off the practice squad. Not ideal, but Washington can use Chris Baker on the nose behind Ziggy Hood if needed. 

Kendall Fuller - The third round pick flashed at times during the summer. If he's down, it's more about the corner depth. Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar serve as the primary outside options with Dashaun Phillips in the slot. Fuller will receive plenty of run on game day's this season.

Will Blackmon - The toughest call of the week is between Blackmon and Deshazor Everett. The tiebreaker? Special teams work. Everett is something of a demon in that realm. For Week 1, maximizing all aspects of the return and coverage game trumps other needs especially since the overall secondary appears healthy.

Odd man in - Keeping five inside linebackers might be overkill in general, but Terence Garvin is another special teams force and the coach's surely want to get second rounder Su'a Cravens involved.

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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