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Three rookie defensive backs expected to start Redskins preseason opener

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The Redskins’ three defensive backs in this year’s draft class are expected to start Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Sixth-round free safety Bacarri Rambo has been practicing with the first string. Second-round cornerback David Amerson and fourth round strong safety Phillip Thomas are injury replacements for DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather, respectively.

“I means that, I guess, we’re the future of this secondary,” Thomas said. “We talk about us being the future and we talk about us all being on the field together and being the rookie DBs coming in at the same time and all making plays back there.”

Hall (right ankle) and Meriweather (right knee) are expected to sit out. It’s also hard to envision cornerback Josh Wilson playing as he continues to work back from offseason labrum surgery.

 “These guys have kind of got accustomed to our receivers, so this will let us know, kind of game situations, what it’s going to be like week in and week out with a different set of receivers,” Hall said.

Notes: Tight end Jordan Reed (foot), fullback Eric Kettani (right knee) and left guard Josh LeRibeus (right knee) did not practice. The Redskins did not discloser their status for Thursday’s game.

Coach Mike Shanahan missed practice to attend the funeral of a close friend.


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