NO ONE GETS HURT: After being hit hard by injuries last season, Coach Joe Gibbs almost certainly will keep his starters' minutes to a minimum.
A SWIFT KICK: The three-day audition of Andy Groom and Chris Mohr for Tom Tupa's punting job ends tonight. Groom, 25, is strong but inexperienced; Mohr, 39, has mastered the tricks of the trade over 16 years in the NFL. Mohr hasn't punted in a game since January when he played for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship against Philadelphia. Gibbs prefers veterans, but Groom has flourished in two consecutive games after Tupa injured his back. Another strong showing should seal Groom's first NFL gig.
MORE LAVAR: Last week, LaVar Arrington participated in roughly 20 snaps, his most time since Sept. 19, when he hurt his right knee. The team has been cautious with him, but intends to give him even more snaps, partly to see whether he is capable of starting in the season opener.
BUBBLE BOYS: This is the last chance for players on the bubble to make their case for a final roster spot. Pleasant surprises such as linebacker Zak Keasey and tight end Robert Johnson will make releasing them difficult. Wide receiver Kevin Dyson must convince the coaching staff that it should keep a big wide receiver. Nehemiah Broughton, a 2005 seventh-round pick, has all but locked up a spot as Washington's short-yardage running back. But Rock Cartwright has also sparkled, and may force the Redskins to keep an extra running back over a wide receiver such as Dyson.
ENOUGH WITH THE ERRORS: Last season, the Redskins committed the second-most penalties in club history. In the offseason, the need to reduce penalties was the most emphasized area at Redskins Park after downfield passes. But penalties have remained a problem during preseason, with the Redskins collecting at least six in every game and never committing fewer than their opponents.
-- Nunyo Demasio