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Rich Campbell covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Times.

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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Redskins punt returner Chris Thompson ready to shine

Early in training camp, Chris Thompson was just a rookie who last returned punts as a senior in high school and was recovering from ACL surgery. When he was healthy enough to finally participate in drills, he worked into the rotation on punt returns and tried to glean tips from Richard Crawford and later veterans Santana Moss and DeAngelo Hall.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) acknowledges a fan as he walks to the locker room for halftime during a preseason NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Shanahan: RG3 to start on Monday against the Eagles

Robert Griffin III will start the Washington Redskins' season-opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday afternoon. Thus ends a months-long drama about whether the 23-year-old quarterback would be ready for Week 1 after undergoing knee surgery on Jan. 9 to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments.