The Redskins' week ahead

August, 26, 2013
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It’s an exciting time for those who survive the week and a crushing one for those who don’t. It’s also one of the tougher ones for coaches, who must inform a number of players they weren’t good enough to make the roster.

That makes this one of the more intriguing weeks in the NFL. And one of the busier ones, with game preparations ongoing and one more preseason game to play. Here’s how the week shapes up for Washington:

Monday

11:15 a.m.-noon: Media availability in locker room.

1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Practice. The media can watch the first 40 minutes. Players available coming off the field.

3:30 p.m.: (approximately): Mike Shanahan news conference.

Today’s topics: Robert Griffin III update; punt returners; injury updates to Kirk Cousins and Barry Cofield.

Tuesday

11:15 a.m.-Noon: Media availability in locker room.

Noon: Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s news conference.

1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Practice. The media can watch the first 40 minutes. Players available coming off the field.

3 p.m.: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s news conference.

3:30 p.m.: Mike Shanahan’s news conference.

4 p.m.: Deadline for trimming the roster to 75.

Today’s topics: Last chance for a Griffin update until after Thursday’s game; progress report on the young players in the secondary; roster cutdowns, though there are typically few surprises in the first round. They could always try to trade someone to free a roster spot and get a draft pick (remember Kevin Barnes a year ago).

Wednesday

The Redskins will conduct a walkthrough and fly to Tampa Bay. No media access.

Thursday

7:30 p.m.: Preseason finale at Tampa Bay

Today’s topic: Griffin update. He’s supposed to be examined by Dr. James Andrews at the game. I would imagine it would occur after Griffin works out before the game. Considering the positive reports we’ve received thus far, it looks good for Griffin. Then it’s up to Mike Shanahan to determine if he’s ready to play in an NFL game. I can’t imagine Shanahan announces this after the game, but maybe he surprises me. As for the game itself? No thanks. The starters won’t play, but there may be a player or two who does enough to earn a final spot. Brandon Banks’ big game in the finale last year reminded all of his playmaking potential. His season then reminded them it was a mirage.

Friday

Players off. No media availability with players or coaches.

Saturday

No media availability

6 p.m.: Deadline for final cuts, trimming the roster to 53.

Note: The Redskins typically don’t announce their final cuts until three hours after the deadline, when all we need is the official confirmation because the names already are known. Reporters will have spent at least 13 hours already piecing the names together. The Redskins have a lot to decide: eight or nine offensive linemen? How many running backs? Safeties? Who would they be afraid to lose, even if they’re not quite game ready? Somebody makes the roster each year, it seems, because the Redskins are afraid to expose them to waivers. They're helped, on this day at least, by having roster exemptions for the first four weeks with Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson suspended. So there will be real intrigue about who gets cut when those two return. Often times, though, injuries and performance through the first four weeks make these decisions a little easier.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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