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Twenty-six veterans receive the night off for Redskins vs. Bucs

You cross off at least 27 Washington Redskins players off of the active roster for tonight’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coach Mike Shanahan said he would rest his starters to avoid risking injury and to give him and his staff another opportunity evaluate bubble players.

In addition to the 22 starters, the coach gave some of the reserves the night off as well.

Players on the field doing conditioning drills because they aren’t playing for the Redskins tonight:

NT Chris Baker

DE Stephen Bowen

DE Adam Carriker

G Chris Chester

DT Barry Cofield

TE Fred Davis

LB London Fletcher

WR Pierre Garcon

CB Cedric Griffin

QB Robert Griffin III

QB Rex Grossman

CB DeAngelo Hall

S Tanard Jackson

DE Jarvis Jenkins

LB Ryan Kerrigan

G Kory Lichtensteiger

S Brandon Meriweather

C Will Montgomery

RB Alfred Morris

WR Santana Moss

LB Brian Orakpo

T Tyler Polumbus

LB Perry Riley

S Madieu Williams

T Trent Williams

RB Darrel Young

CB Josh Wilson

None of the starters are surprises, although it means that Young will enter the season without having played at all in the preseason. The list indicates that Baker, Jackson and Cedric Griffin are safe from Friday’s roster cuts.

Running back Roy Helu, who has been injured and hasn’t played this preseason, jumped in for a bit of the stretching portion of the drills, but then walked off to do work on his own when the players broke off for positional drills. No word on his status for tonight yet.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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