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Redskins Defeat Browns in Preseason Opener, 20-17

Washington wins on the scoreboard, but loses some players to injuries in preseason opener against Cleveland.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
1 2 3 4 Final
Washington 3 10 7 0 20
Cleveland 7 7 3 0 17

The Redskins defeated the Browns in a game where the goal is usually to get starters some reps and evaluate your talent and depth without incurring any major injuries.  The Redskins did some of that.  On the offense, Griffin III completed 4 of 8 for 36 yards on two drives in the first quarter, Morris ran well, Scherff and Moses held their own on the right side of the line, Grant and Ross showed up as wide receivers, Cousins made 12 of 14 for 154 and ran for a TD, and McCoy finished 4 of 6 for 33 yards.  The defense struggled in some areas, as expected.  However, Murphy made good efforts to get to the QB, both in his first team and second team snaps, Culliver demonstrated strong physical play, and guys like Smith, Rogers, and Robinson made solid tackles.   In spite of Forbath's solid 52 yard field goal, special teams was anything but special, with multiple shaky punts (a fumble by Roberts and bobble by Thompson), a 54 yard kickoff return by Cleveland, and a Tress Way punt that should've been downed inside the 5 and instead bounced into the end zone for a touch back.  On the injury front, Niles Paul went down with a major ankle injury, Matt Jones was evaluated for a concussion and later cleared to return, and Silas Redd, Jr. went out with a sprained knee.