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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/14/2011

Five storylines to follow this week for the Redskins

UPDATED 12:15 p.m.

The Washington Redskins this afternoon will get back to work after a day off following their preseason opener against Pittsburgh. Up next are the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday.

Here are some key storylines to follow this week:

1.) Quarterback competition -- The main question centers around John Beck’s health. Has his groin injury healed to the point where he can get back on the field in full capacity during this week’s practices? Rex Grossman made a solid showing in his audition for the starting job on Friday. Now Beck needs to do the same, if he can.

2.) Running back picture -- Ryan Torain remains unsure when he will be able to return from the broken hand, which he had operated on 11 days ago. Meanwhile, Tim Hightower had a strong performance against Pittsburgh, and rookie Evan Royster shined as well. Torain might not be back on the field in time for preseason game No. 2.

3.) Chris Cooley’s health -- The tight end roughly two weeks ago said “I feel awesome,” but we know that’s not the case now that Mike Shanahan revealed that the veteran saw a specialist about his sore left knee and won’t be back for at least two weeks. Cooley has had fluid drained from the knee twice in the last few weeks and was only able to practice once last week. How serious is this injury?

4.) Malcolm Kelly -- The team’s other veteran receivers -- Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Donte Stallworth and even Terrence Austin -- had good initial outings. Meanwhile, Kelly didn’t play because of a foot injury and is running out of time to prove himself to Redskins coaches. Can he rebound this week?

5.) Kicking “competition” -- Shayne Graham didn’t pose a threat to Graham Gano at all on Friday night, badly missing both field goal attempts in the first half, and was cut today. Gano, meanwhile, was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts. It remains to be seen whether the Redskins will bring another veteran kicker to compete with Gano.

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