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Redskins add QB Matt Gutierrez, cut QB Marc Verica

The Redskins have added a new quarterback, agreeing to terms with four-year veteran Matt Gutierrez, who was waived earlier this week by the Chicago Bears.

Gutierrez is an Idaho State product who began his career with the New England Patriots. He has also spent time with Kansas City, Chicago and Omaha of the UFL.

Gutierrez has come off the bench and appeared in a total of six NFL games -- one with the Chiefs in 2009 and five with the Patriots in ‘07. He’s 2-of-2 passing for 18 yards.

To make room for Gutierrez, the Redskins released Marc Verica, an undrafted rookie out of Virginia. Verica was essentially brought in last week to provide another arm for practice.

It’s still not certain which of the remaining quarterbacks will see playing time in Friday’s preseason-opener against the Steelers. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was asked Wednesday afternoon how many quarterbacks might make an appearance.

“We don’t know yet because we don’t know who all is healthy and stuff,” he said. “But definitely would like to get three people going.”

Coaches have yet to tell players who much time they can expect to see. John Beck said his aching groin felt better, but he wasn’t certain whether he’d be able to play. Coaches say they want Beck to be 100 percent before they put him in a game.

“If he’s fully recovered, we would like to decide that by tomorrow,” Shanahan said.

If Beck can’t go, expect to see Rex Grossman start, followed by Kellen Clemens and undrafted rookie Ben Chappell.

“We normally try to get a little evaluation of our first-teamers and get them some playing time together,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We get a chance to evaluate players as well as get a little feel of our scheme.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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