RICHMOND – The Washington Redskins will open the preseason without one of their starting wide receivers, and could play without the second, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch, via AP)

Pierre Garcon will rest a strained hamstring Thursday night against the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson is listed as questionable after getting cleated and twisting his ankle early in Wednesday’s walk-through practice between the Redskins and Patriots.

Gruden also said that safeties Ryan Clark and Phillip Thomas will also miss Thursday’s game because of hamstring injuries. Clark said on Tuesday that he hoped to play, but expected the coaches would hold him out as a precaution.

Second-year pro Bacarri Rambo will likely start in place of Clark at free safety. Thomas is the second-team strong safety.

Gruden has already planned for his other starters to have a relatively light workload in the preseason opener. He said they likely will play around eight to 10 snaps, but then added with a chuckle, “maybe a quarter, depending on my satisfaction.”

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins and Patriots open the preseason Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at FedEx Field. The game airs on NBC-4 and CSN, and The Insider will host an open thread for those who want to chat while they watch.

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