Burgundy uniforms in a 2009 loss to the Cowboys. (Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

The Redskins will wear all-burgundy uniforms for their Thursday night game in Dallas, the team announced on social media.

That move had been hinted at in the locker room this week, even as Coach Jay Gruden and a team spokesman said they had no idea what the team would wear. At least two team leaders, though, said on Tuesday they expected to wear all-burgundy uniforms, and players who wear Nike cleats had already received burgundy models early this week. ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley also reported on Tuesday that the team would likely wear all-burgundy.

The move was a long time coming for a team that has stuck with more traditional combinations in recent seasons. A player-led effort to wear all-white uniforms in 2015 fizzled, and the team avoided wearing gaudy all-gold “Color Rush” uniforms in 2016 because its only Thursday game fell on Thanksgiving, which was exempt from the league’s monochromatic Thursday night push. During the offseason, the Redskins suggested and then withdrew a proposal that would have allowed teams to opt-out of “garish” color rush uniforms.

Those gold uniforms are still available at area retailers, but not in the team’s locker room. Instead, it’ll be a return to the all-burgundy outfits that the team wore several times during the Jim Zorn era, both in 2008 and 2009. Two of the most embarrassing home games in recent memory — the 2008 Monday Night Football Steelers invasion, and the 2009 Giants Swinging Gate loss — both came in all-burgundy uniforms. Maybe this prime time appearance will go better.

 

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