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PRO FOOTBALL: ’Skins’ preseason announced

The Washington Redskins will host a nationally televised preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field on Aug. 19, the NFL announced Thursday.

That game, held on a Monday, will be a part of the preseason portion of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” schedule. The start time is set for 8 p.m.—a half-hour earlier than most regular-season games in the series.

None of Washington’s other three preseason games have firm dates, though the league did say approximately when the teams will play. The Redskins will begin their preseason with a visit to the Tennessee Titans during the second weekend of the month, Aug. 8–11, then face a pair of teams they played last year during the preseason: Buffalo at home during the fourth weekend, Aug. 23–25, and Tampa Bay on the road during the fifth weekend, Aug. 29–31.

Robert Griffin III isn’t likely to play in any of those games. The Redskins quarterback underwent surgery on Jan. 9 to repair the LCL and reconstruct the ACL in his right knee, and his recovery period is expected to be roughly nine months. Kirk Cousins, Washington’s backup quarterback last season, will be the starter during Griffin’s absence.

TRIO FORMALLY SIGNED

Washington announced Thursday morning it had signed the three players who reached an agreement on the terms of a contract over the past three days: cornerback DeAngelo Hall and quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Pat White.

Hall, 29, was released on March 11 as the Redskins faced a deadline the following day to get under the salary cap. Both he and Grossman remained open to a return, if possible, and head coach Mike Shanahan repeatedly said over the past month that he would have liked to have each player back.

White, 27, will attempt to resume his career in the NFL after two seasons away. A second-round pick out of Miami in 2009, White was a standout quarterback at West Virginia from 2005 through 2008 who excelled in the read-option system.

Zac Boyer: 540/374-5440

zboyer@freelancestar.com

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