- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 13, 2009

REDSKINS at RAVENS

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: M&T; Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Last year’s records: Redskins 8-8 (last in NFC East); Ravens 11-5 (second in AFC North, lost in conference title game to Pittsburgh)

TV: Chs. 4, 11, CSN, MASN2



Radio: ESPN 980, AM-1090

Injuries: Redskins — WR Santana Moss (hamstring), G Rueben Riley (ankle), RT Jeremy Bridges (ankle), RB Anthony Alridge (toe), RG Randy Thomas (knee). DT Albert Haynesworth and RB Clinton Portis are expected to be healthy scratches.

Ravens — WR Mark Clayton (hamstring), LB Terrell Suggs (heel), TE Todd Heap (back), OT Jared Gaither (neck), WR Demetrius Williams (hamstring), G Ben Grubbs (ankle), G Marshal Yanda (knee), DT Trevor Pryce (foot), LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (toe).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. Colt Brennan

Quarterback Jason Campbell is expected to play one to two possessions, and that’s when the intrigue begins. Jim Zorn didn’t reveal his quarterback rotation, but it will be interesting to see how he divides the No. 2 unit snaps between incumbent Todd Collins and challenger Brennan the next few weeks. If Brennan gets the “ton” of playing time he said he expects, maybe he does have a shot at overtaking Collins.

2. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas

The second-year receivers are being given every chance to seize the No. 2 receiver spot from Antwaan Randle El, but they have to stay on the field. Both have missed practice time this month because of hamstring injuries, but both were on the field Tuesday. They can begin to wipe away the stench of their forgettable rookie years with a strong preseason debut.

3. Chad Rinehart

If starting right guard Randy Thomas (knee) is out, Rinehart will get the start. The 2008 draft pick struggled last preseason and has been iffy in full-pads workouts this training camp. It will be a miracle if Thomas survives 16 games, so depth at the position is needed. If Rinehart holds his own, it solves the backup issue; if he struggles, it creates another trouble spot and likely means Jeremy Bridges will be shifted inside.

4. The kickers

The two positions that can’t really be evaluated until the games start are quarterback and kicker. Shaun Suisham and Dave Rayner have attempted field goals and kickoffs, but the pressure starts Thursday night. Suisham gets the first half and Rayner the second half. Suisham is the favorite to hold on to his job, but if he struggles Rayner could make the competition interesting.

5. Chris Wilson

He was a pass-rushing defensive end for two years before being converted to strongside linebacker. Wilson won’t win the starting job — that belongs to first-round pick Brian Orakpo. But when he’s on the field this month, Wilson has to prove he’s adept enough in coverage and at playing the run to prove to coaches he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster despite a glut of linebackers.

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