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Rested Redskins return for second half of regular season

Washington returns to practice to begin the second half of the regular season.

ASHBURN -- Over a week removed from a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals in London, the Washington Redskins returned to practice on Monday looking to make up ground in the strong NFC East division.

First the breaking news.

Head coach Jay Gruden announced after practice that Niles Paul will be placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered last week that will require labrum surgery. Tight end Derek Carrier (ACL) has started his practice time under the physically unable to perform list and the Redskins will have to make a roster decision in three weeks, but with the Paul news it is likely Carrier will be retained.

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Back to the rest of practice. To get back in the flow, Josh NormanWill Blackmon, and Su'a Cravens were kicking around the fútbol.

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Speaking of Norman, hopefully he got $25,000 worth of ripping against last week's official, but regardless he says he will not let them dictate his style of play.

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If you are a Fat Rob fan, get excited for some more Robert Kelley as Gruden hints the undrafted rookie will continue to see the majority of carries.

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Even with silver back left tackle Trent Williams suspended for the next four games, Gruden still spoke highly of the Pro Bowl talent. 

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Scat back Chris Thompson and right tackle Morgan Moses also chimed in.

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However, with his absence it is even more noteworthy that his counter part on the right side is not completely healthy. It is no surprise that the Redskins made a move to add an extra tackle to the active roster.

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Will everyone's favorite play, the red zone fade, help Rashad Ross get off the inactive list against Minnesota?

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More injury updates concerning safeties Duke Ihenacho (concussion) and Blackmon (thumb).

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Another noticeable difference was the team's helmet's which did not have the usual gold stripes and featured gray face masks. The 1937 throwback will be worn during Sunday's homecoming game as a apart of alumni weekend where former general manager Bobby Beathard will be inducted into the franchise's ring of honor.

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