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TE Jordan Reed is expected to make his 2015 debut on Saturday at Baltimore after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury.
WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) will miss a third straight preseason game on Saturday with a sprained shoulder.
DE Frank Kearse will miss a second straight preseason game with the shoulder injury he suffered in the Aug. 13 preseason opener at Cleveland.
S Akeem Davis won't play against the Ravens after injuring a hamstring in practice.
DL Corey Crawford won't play against the Ravens after straining an Achilles in practice.
WR Rashad Ross, who led all receivers in the preseason opener at Cleveland with five catches for 68 yards, had a team-high four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.
T Trent Williams returned on Sunday after missing the Lions' game with a sprained foot.
OLB Trent Murphy didn't work on Sunday and is day-to-day with a sore hip.
K Kai Forbath didn't work on Sunday and is day-to-day with a sore quadriceps.
WR Jamison Crowder, sidelined with a hamstring injury against the Browns and Lions, returned to practice on Sunday.
ILB Will Compton, sidelined with a groin injury against the Browns and Lions, took part in individual drills on Sunday.
CB DeAngelo Hall, out against the Lions with a toe injury, took part in individual drills on Sunday.
CB Bashaud Breeland took some individual work on Sunday for the first time since spraining a knee on the first day of training camp.
BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Backup quarterback.
Such teams as the Chargers, Giants, Saints and Steelers have ironmen quarterbacks. The Redskins aren't one of those teams. With Robert Griffin III injured yet again last Thursday against Detroit, that put even more of a spotlight on Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, the men competing to be next in line.
Cousins, who got the first chance to play when Griffin dislocated an ankle last September, got the first chance again this summer and made the most of it, leading Washington to 17 points while completing 12 of 14 passes for 154 yards and scoring on a 4-yard run in a 20-17 victory at Cleveland on Aug. 13. McCoy mopped up with 4-of-6 accuracy for 33 yards and three carries for 13 yards.
Last Thursday, McCoy who would have finished 2014 as the starter if not for his own neck injury in December took over when Griffin suffered a concussion against the Lions. McCoy completed five of six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown and ran four times for 17 yards. Rookie running back Matt Jones bulled into the end zone when McCoy was in the game. However, McCoy also lost a fumble at the goal line on the final play of the first half.
"I thought I did alright," McCoy said. "We moved the ball up and down the field. I thought our run game was outstanding. Anytime we can run the football, it opens up a lot of things for us offensively. We wanted to get points right there before halftime, wished I could've stayed on my feet. We bobbled the snap."
Cousins completed eight of 12 passes for 91 yards and the winning touchdown in the 21-17 victory over the Lions.
"I thought it was a good night," Cousins said. "Not just when I was playing but I think the whole offense did a good job. We got the win - which is most important. We protected the football. We made plays. In the short amount of time that I was in there, I felt good about what we were able to accomplish. You have to evaluate what you're given a chance to do. The last couple of weeks, I've been able to do that."
Since Cousins got the first chance to be No. 2 and has only helped himself during the preseason, McCoy will likely have to outplay him against Baltimore and in the Sept. 3 preseason finale against Jacksonville to start the season as the backup (presuming Griffin's healthy enough to start the opener). This even though head coach Jay Gruden benched Cousins for McCoy in Week 7 last year when he tired of the former's high-wire act (plenty of big plays but also plenty of turnovers).
"Kirk and Colt are doing extremely well," Gruden said of the backup quarterbacks' performances against the Browns and Lions.