Five things to know from Bills-Redskins

All the Washington Redskins’ angst over Robert Griffin III’s

knee suddenly seems like a mere trifle, at least when compared the

quarterback problems faced by rookie head coach Doug Marrone and

his Buffalo Bills.

Griffin again moved well on his surgically repaired right knee

in the warmups before Saturday’s 30-7 win over the Buffalo Bills.

And in case Griffin doesn’t get cleared by Week 1 of the regular

season, there’s still Kirk Cousins, who should be over his sprained

right foot by then.

And should neither Griffin nor Cousins be ready, there’s always

Rex Grossman, who threw for 171 yards and a touchdown against


The Bills aren’t so fortunate. With first-round pick EJ Manuel

nursing a left knee injury, Kevin Kolb started and left the game

with concussion-like symptoms in the first quarter. The only

quarterback left was undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who completed 10

of 17 passes for 63 yards and looked, well, like an undrafted


Forget Plan B. Time for Plan C. Or D. Or E.

”It is a concern,” Marrone said. ”I’m not going to sit here

and say everything’s fine and dandy.”

What we learned from the Bills’ visit to Washington:

1. WELCOME BECK: Remember John Beck, Redskins fans? He was half

of the Beck-Grossman tandem on which Washington coach Mike Shanahan

infamously staked his reputation just two years ago. Beck has been

out of football for nearly a year, but the Bills are so desperate

that they are bringing him and Matt Leinart in for workouts,

according to a person familiar with the team’s plans who spoke to

The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the workouts

haven’t been publicly announced. Given Manuel’s knee injury and

Kolb’s history with concussions, it wouldn’t be farfetched to see

Beck or Leinart start a regular season game this year.

2. REX STILL HAS IT: He’ll always be a high risk-high reward

kind of quarterback, but it’s not too shabby to have an experienced

hand like Grossman as the backup to the backup. He would have had a

pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown had the defensive

back not dropped the ball, but Grossman otherwise led the Redskins

well, completing 11 of 21 passes, including a 7-yard touchdown to

Pierre Garcon. ”It was fun to start the game and go with the ones

and be in that huddle again,” Grossman said. ”Just even preparing

and going to bed last night knowing I’m starting. Going through

that whole routine again was fun.”

3. CRAWFORD OUT FOR THE YEAR: The Redskins lost punt returner

Richard Crawford for the season with a left knee injury, and

there’s no clear alternative on the roster. The second-year player

was hurt on a 3-yard punt return in the first quarter. He’s

remembered mostly for his 64-run return that set up the winning

field goal in an overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens last year.

Rookie running back Chris Thompson took over the punt return duties

after Crawford left the game on Saturday, but Thompson has fumbled

in two straight games. Santana Moss or DeAngelo Hall could do the

job in a pinch, but coach Mike Shanahan will be looking for someone

else to step up.

4. MORE BUFFALO WOES: It’s bad enough to run low on healthy

quarterbacks, but the Bills have other issues, particularly in the

secondary. Safety Da’Norris Searcy suffered a head injury, and

cornerback Stephon Gilmore left with an injured wrist. Marrone

didn’t have an update on either player. Fortunately, he’s getting

back two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who was on the sidelines

Saturday after rejoining the team following a contentious

offseason. Byrd might be a bit grumpy, though: He was hoping for a

huge multiyear contract as a free agent this year, but in the end

he had no choice but to sign a one-year deal after Buffalo

designated him as a franchise player.

5. FLAG ON THE PLAY: Penalties have been a problem for the

Redskins throughout the preseason, and Saturday was no exception.

Veteran cornerback Josh Wilson was flagged for a 34-yard pass

interference penalty on the first play from scrimmage. Rookie

cornerback David Amerson was hit with a 15-yard facemask foul later

in the first quarter, then committed a 42-yard interference penalty

in the second quarter. The grand total was 106 yards on six

penalties, hardly the type of discipline needed if the Redskins are

to repeat as NFC East champions.

AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report from

Buffalo, N.Y.

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