Redskins win first preseason game, but plagued by injuries

(DC UrbanSports) - The Redskins managed a win against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday in Cleveland.   The 20-17 win at FirstEnergy Stadium secured the first of four preseason games for Washington, but came at a heavy blow.

Redskin standout, Niles Paul, out with season-ending dislocated ankle.  AP photo.

Tight end, Niles Paul, dislocated his left ankle, sidelining the star player for the remaining of the season.

"It's a major loss for us", said head coach Jay Gruden of Paul's injury.   "We're going to have to make do.  Someone will have to step up."

That notion may seem easier said than done. The team is already plagued by other player injuries.

Soon-to-be dad, DeSean Jackson, sustained a shoulder injury in practice against the Houston Texans, while DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver, both, are nursing groin injuries.  Also missing from Thursday's preseason lineup was Jordan Reed (hamstring), Ryan Kerrigan (left knee) and Logan Paulsen (toe).

Confident (at least in front of the cameras) that the team can be ready before the regular season, Gruden said, "We got time."

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Redskins vs Cleveland Browns.  Photo/USA Today.
"We got three weeks before the first game", he said.

On Thursday's win, said Gruden, "We got a long way to go, but it's a good start."

At the quarterback position both Robert Griffin, III and Kirk Cousins saw action, as did Colt McCoy.

Gruden said he is "happy with all three."

Cousins completed 12 of 14 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns (running for a 4 yard TD himself); Griffin, seen struggling with pass completions and offensive handling, had 4 of 8 passing attempts for 36 yards and no touchdowns.

"We all have a long way to go", the franchise quarterback said after the game.

Cleveland's Josh McCown began his NFL career starting on a good note with his first TD pass to put his team on the board.

Preseason Game 2:  The Redskins face the Detroit Lions August 20th at FedEX Field.    The remaining preseason schedule rounds out with the Baltimore Ravens (August 29) and the Jacksonville Jacquars (Sept. 3).


Washington Redskin Charitable Foundation creates back-to-school smiles

Washington Redskin alumni and The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation teamed up with Macy's at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday to help 150 youth from the Boys and Girls Club with back-to-school shopping.

Redskin alumni pose with students during Redskin Charitable Foundation back-to-school shopping spree. Photos/CD Brown.

Redskin Cheerleaders, Women of Washington (WOW) and alumni Ricky Irvins, Darryl Pounds, Dion Fox and others served as personal shoppers for the first and second-graders.

Redskin alum Dion Fox helps with picking the right dress. 
The children were each given a $75 budget for backpacks, classroom supplies and clothing.

Fox helped three school girls pick out one dress, apiece.

With purchases in hand, the personal shoppers used calculators to tally their chosen items to ensure they were staying within budget.

"I got this", said Fox, father to three grown daughters, who teaches high school math.

"My daughters used to hit me up all the time when they were this age."

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation annual Back-to-School Shopping Spree, now in its third year, teams up with the Salvation Army, The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond and Peter Paul Development Center.

A Boys and Girls Club attendee watches as a Macy's sales associate rings his purchase.

Youngsters from Richmond's Boys and Girls Club select school backpacks.

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