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Preseason Week 4: Redskins (2-1) vs. Cardinals (2-1)

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The Redskins wrap up 2010 preseason with a trip out west to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Sept. 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is 10 p.m. ET.

University of Phoenix Stadium has Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda Grass as its playing surface. The stadium seats 63,400.

It's the Redskins' first appearance at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.

The trip will be the farthest the Redskins have traveled for a preseason games since playing San Francisco in the American Bowl in Osaka, Japan, in 2002.

It will mark Washington's longest trip in the United States for a preseason contest since playing at the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992.

The Redskins are 2-1 in preseason, having beaten the Buffalo Bills 42-17 on Aug. 13, lost to the Baltimore Ravens 23-3 on Aug. 21, and beaten the New York Jets 16-11 on Aug. 27.

The Cardinals are also 2-1 in preseason. They defeated the Houston Texans 19-16 on Aug. 14, lost to the Tennessee Titans 24-10 on Aug. 23 and defeated the Chicago Bears 14-9 on Aug. 28.

The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. Kenny Albert handles the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Former Redskin Joe Theismann. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980 and the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Chris Russell reports from the sidelines.

The Redskins are 112-116-2 in preseason play since 1961, including last week's victory over the Jets.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Cardinals
WR 89 Santana Moss 11 Larry Fitzgerald
LT 72 Trent Williams 75 Levi Brown
LG 66 Derrick Dockery 66 Alan Faneca
C 61 Casey Rabach 63 Lyle Sendlein
RG 75 Artis Hicks 74 Reggie Wells
RT 69 Jammal Brown 72 Brandon Keith
TE 47 Chris Cooley 81 Ben Patrick
WR 84 Joey Galloway 15 Steve Breaston
QB 3 John Beck 3 Derek Anderson
FB 45 Mike Sellers 32 Nehemiah Broughton
RB 27 Larry Johnson 34 Tim Hightower
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Cardinals
DE 94 Adam Carriker 93 Calais Campbell
NT 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 97 Bryan Robinson
DE 64 Kedric Golston 90 Darnell Dockett
OLB 99 Andre Carter 55 Joey Porter
ILB 59 London Fletcher 51 Paris Lenon
ILB 52 Rocky McIntosh 52 Monty Beisel
OLB 98 Brian Orakpo 53 Clark Haggans
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 37 Trumaine McNride
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 29 D. Rodgers-Cromartie
SS 30 LaRon Landry 24 Adrian Wilson
FS 37 Reed Doughty 25 Kerry Rhodes
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Cardinals
P 6 Josh Bidwell 5 Ben Graham
K 4 Graham Gano 4 Jay Feely
H 6 Josh Bidwell 5 Ben Graham
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 82 Mike Leach
KOR 11 Devin Thomas 36 L. Stephens-Howling
PR 31 Phillip Buchanon 12 Andre Roberts


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Cardinals franchises have played three times in preseason, with the Redskins leading the series 3-0.

The last time the two clubs played in preseason was in 1971 when the then-St. Louis Cardinals visited Washington. The Redskins prevailed 20-13.

In the regular season, the two clubs have a long history.

Arizona was a divisional rival in the NFC East prior to NFL realignment in 2002, and the two franchises have played 113 times in regular season play.

The Redskins hold the regular season series lead at 70-42-1. The record includes games against the Cardinals franchise when it was located in Chicago, St. Louis and Arizona.

The Redskins have a seven-game regular season winning streak against Arizona. Prior to that, the Cardinals had won three of five contests.

The last time the two clubs played was on Sept. 21, 2008, at FedExField. The Redskins won 24-17.

Santana Moss led the Redskins' offense with seven catches for 75 yards and one touchdown -- a 17-yard game-winner in the fourth quarter -- and Clinton Portis added a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a big game, with seven catches for 109 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown catch in the second half. Otherwise, the defense contained the high-powered Cardinals offense.

Rocky McIntosh turned in a strong game, leading the Redskins with seven tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble. And Carlos Rogers' interception in the fourth quarter helped set up the Redskins' game-winning score.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 22 312.5
Rushing Offense 27 94.4
Passing Offense 16 218.1
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 10 319.7
Rushing Defense 16 112.4
Passing Defense 8 207.2

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CARDINALS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 14 344.4
Rushing Offense 28 93.4
Passing Offense 12 251.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 20


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE CARDINALS

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt played for the Redskins as a tight end and H-back from 1989-90. Whisenhunt played nine NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Redskins and New York Jets. In 74 career games, he caught 62 passes for 601 yards and six touchdowns.

Assistant head coach-run game coordinator-offensive line Russ Grimm played guard and center for the Redskins from 1981-91. He also served as tight ends coach for the Redskins from 1992-96 and offensive line coach from 1997-2000.

Fullback Nehemiah Broughton played for the Redskins from 2005-08. He was the club's seventh-round draft pick (222nd overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft. Nicknamed "Nemo," he saw action in six games with the Redskins and alternated between the roster and practice squad.

Offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges was with the Redskins during 2009 training camp and preseason.

Wide receiver Onrea Jones, a Williamsburg, Va., native, spent time on the Redskins' practice squad in 2009.


REDSKINS-CARDINALS NEWS & NOTES

-- How the Redskins' 80-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 25 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2010 first-round pick Trent Williams and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon.

Mike Sellers is the longest-tenured Redskins. He had a stint with the Redskins in 1998-2000 and rejoined the team in 2004.

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Washington has used unrestricted free agency to acquire 40 players, including Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and Ma'ake Kemoeatu in 2010.

Nine Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Edwin Williams and cornerback Byron Westbrook, all local products.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker, Jammal Brown and John Beck.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: cornerback Ramzee Robinson.

-- All About Grimm

Redskins great Russ Grimm was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Grimm is currently the Cardinals' assistant head coach-run game coordinator-offensive line coach.

An All-American out of Pitt, Grimm was selected by the Redskins in the third round (69th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft and he went on to spend the next 19 years with the organization as player and coach.

Grimm had a remarkable career with the Redskins as a member of the famed "Hogs" offensive line. He started 11 seasons at guard and center and earned four consecutive Pro Bowl berths (1983-86) and was a first-team selection to the 1980s All-Decade Team.

He also helped lead the Redskins to four Super Bowl appearances and three victories.

After his playing days, Grimm began his coaching career as the tight ends coach for Washington, holding that position from 1992-96 before moving to coach the Redskins offensive line from 1997-2000. He coached Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen, the Redskins' bookend tackles most of the last decade.

-- Local Ties

Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler hails from Washington, D.C., and was a two-time All-Metro choice as a cornerback, wide receiver and return specialist at Northwestern High School.

Cornerback Phillip Buchanon is the brother of Cardinals wide receiver Ed Gant.

Defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday is the cousin of Cardinals linebacker O'Brien Schofield.

Running back Ryan Torain and cornerback Justin Tryon played college football at Arizona State.

Wide receiver Bobby Wade played college football at University of Arizona.

-- Redskins Offensive Preseason Leaders

Rex Grossman leads the Redskins' quarterbacks with a 90.4 rating in the first three preseason games. He has completed 33-of-55 passes for 446 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Ryan Torain leads the Redskins' running backs with 72 yards on 23 carries. Rookie Keiland Williams has 68 yards and two touchdown runs on 17 carries.

Anthony Armstrong has posted seven catches for 101 yards to lead the Redskins' receivers. He is followed by Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Roydell Williams, who have six catches each.

Brandon Banks has a 18.0-yard average on six punt returns. That average is boosted by his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Buffalo on Aug. 13.

-- Redskins Defensive Preseason Leaders

LaRon Landry and Perry Riley lead the Redskins' defense with 12 tackles each in the first three preseason games. He is followed by London Fletcher, who has 10 tackles.

Six defenders have posted one sack each in preseason: Robert Henson, Chris Wilson, Darrion Scott, Jeremy Jarmon, Albert Haynesworth and Adam Carriker.

DeAngelo Hall has two interceptions and a forced fumble in two preseason games. Lendy Holmes has also recorded an interception.

On special teams, Henson has made an impact, leading with four tackles on kick coverage. Anthony Armstrong and Chris Horton have three tackles each.

-- Rushing Leaders

With Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker on the roster, all of whom have two Pro Bowl selections to their credit, the Redskins have three of the top 12 active rushing leaders in the NFL.

Portis has 9,696 career rushing yards to rank third, Johnson has 6,219 career rushing yards to rank seventh and Parker has 5,378 career rushing yards to rank 11th.

LaDainian Tomlinson of the New York Jets leads with 12,490 career rushing yards.

Portis, Johnson and Parker have combined for 21,293 rushing yards and 152 touchdowns. All three rank in the top 93 in NFL history in rushing yards and are among 109 players to have rushed for at least 5,000 yards.

-- London Calling

London Fletcher enters the 2010 campaign with 151 consecutive starts, a figure which ranks fourth among active players. (Brett Favre at 285, Peyton Manning at 192 and Ronde Barber at 167.)

Fletcher has not missed a game since entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1998.

His 192 consective games streak is tied for second among active players behind Minnesota's Brett Favre.

Since joining the Redskins in 2007, Fletcher has led the team in tackles each of his three seasons with the club. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection following the 2009 season.

-- Cooley Coming On

Chris Cooley could emerge as the greatest Redskins tight end in franchise history this year.

For his 6-year career, Cooley has 343 receptions for 3,789 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Among tight ends, he is ranked second all-time in all three categories in franchise history behind Jerry Smith, whose 13-year career is twice that of Cooley.

Cooley already holds the Redskins record for most receptions by a tight end in a single season with 83 in 2008.

-- On the Road Again

The Redskins will travel 11,124 miles in 2010, the 25th most in the NFL. For the second year in a row, they have the shortest travel schedule in the NFC East.

The San Francisco 49ers travel 35,219 miles, most in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals travel 6,688 miles, least in the NFL.

The total distance traveled by all NFL teams is 507,050 miles. This is 71,862 fewer miles than 2009, when teams traveled a total of 578,912 miles.

-- Slowik Family Reunion

The Slowik family comes together for Thursday night's preseason game in Arizona.

Bob Slowik is the Redskins' secondary coach and his son Bobby is a Redskins video assistant.

One of his other sons, Ryan, is a Cardinals defensive quality control coach.

-- What's Next?

Preparations begins in earnest for the Redskins' regular season opener: Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField.

Kickoff is 8:20 p.m. The game is broadcast nationally on NBC.

It's the first time since 1999 that the Redskins have opened the regular season against the Cowboys.

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