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“It could, sometimes, if they’re just shot out of a cannon,” Lichtensteiger said. “I think the most challenging technique to try to cut is when somebody is playing lateral with their hands up.”

Tight end Chris Cooley could face those defensive ends, Jason Babin on the left and Darryl Tapp on the right, at some point. (Tapp replaces the injured Trent Cole.)

“Watching them play, it seems like they get out of position a little bit,” he said. “They’re physically talented in the run game. I just think they’re not quite sound in their system, and that makes sense based on an offseason without OTAs and a new defensive system.

“You’ve got to expect that they’re going to play well and do the things they’re supposed to do, and we’re not going to go into the game assuming we can run the ball just because other teams have.”

Extra points

* Cooley had fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee earlier this week and was limited in practice for a second straight day. “A little bit of a setback,” Mike Shanahan said.

Receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck) and running back Tim Hightower (shoulder) were limited.

* The NFL recently finalized the 2012 opponents for every team. The Redskins will host Dallas, the Giants, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore, Cincinnati and the same-place finisher in the NFC North.

They’ll visit Dallas, the Giants, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the same-place finisher in the NFC West.