Cardinals Defeat The Redskins 20-10 In Preseason Finale

The Redskins take on the Cardinals in their final preseason game, but will sit nearly every one of their key starters, except for Albert Haynesworth.

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NFL Preseason: Cardinals Knock Off The Redskins 20-10 In Preseason Finale

The preseason is mercifully over as the Arizona Cardinals have beaten the Washington Redskins 20-10 in a game dominated by roster hopefuls.

The biggest surprise was that Albert Haynesworth played the entire game while every other Redskins starter enjoyed the comfy confines of the bench in Arizona.

Haynesworth appeared less than pleased at his extended stay on the field so the postgame locker room might be a heated one.

QB Richard Bartel led the way for Washington going 12-14 for 125 yards and a score. Terrence Austin was the recipient of Bartel’s TD pass and his five catches for 94 yards might be enough to secure him a roster spot.

The Redskins end the preseason with a 2-2 record.

Injury Notes: LB Robert Henson was having a fine game (seven tackles and a sack) before spraining his knee while OT Clint Oldenburg was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.

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NFL Preseason: Hayynesworth Still On The Field As Cardinals Lead The Redskins 20-10

The Cardinals struck once again in the third quarter with a six yard scramble for a touchdown from QB Max Hall to give Arizona a 20-3 lead, but the Redskins answered on their ensuing possession with a 21-yard reception for a TD by rookie receiver Terrence Austin.

Richard Bartel led the Redskins on an eight play, 78-yard drive, which ended with Austin's TD. Bartel has led both Redskin scoring drives.

The touchdown grab by Austin certainly improves his chances of making the final roster in Washington. His primary competition in Brandon Banks has literally dropped the ball tonight, giving Austin a leg up.

Albert Haynesworth is still on the field in the fourth quarter, meaning the possibility of postgame theatrics is greatly increased.

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NFL Preseason: Robert Henson Leaves Game With An Injury

Redskins LB Robert Henson, who was having a strong night, went down with an apparent right knee injury in the third quarter against the Cardinals.

Henson has seven tackles and a sack tonight along with an impressive hurdle over an offensive lineman in the first half.

He has a sprained right knee and his return is questionable according to Grant Paulsen via Twitter.

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NFL Preseason: Jay Feely Gives Arizona A 13-3 Lead

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely hit his second field goal of the night to extend Arizona’s lead over the Redskins 13-3 in the third quarter.

The scoring drive lasted 10 plays and 48 yards and stalled inside the ten after Albert Haynesworth and Robert Henson combined to stop Alfonso Smith on a third down run. That brought out Feely who came on to hit a 22-yard FG.

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NFL Preseason: Cardinals Lead the Redskins 10-3 At Halftime In Arizona

Arizona’s third-string QB Max Hall led a 12-play, 81-yard drive, capped off by an Alfonso Smith three-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 10-3 lead over the Redskins at halftime.

Graham Gano came up short on a 58-yard FG attempt just before the half.

The Redskins have alternated quarterbacks each drive. Richard Bartel drew the start and led the Redskins to a FG. John Beck, fresh off signing a contract extension which will keep him in Washington for two years, is 4-8 for 47 yards.

Washington’s defense has been led by a strong performance from LB Robert Henson (five tackles and a sack). Albert Haynesworth has seen some action, but has yet to make his mark on the stat sheet. He is still in pads to start the second half according to CSN Washington’s Ryan O’Halloran.

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NFL Preseason: Bruce Allen Says There Are Six Jobs Up For Grabs Tonight

We knew that there were several roster spots that would be decided by tonight's game, but we didn't know exactly how many ... until now. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen told broadcasters Kenny Albert and Joe Theismann that there are six spots up for grabs tonight. 

If we take Allen at face value, that means 47 roster spots are accounted for right now. I find it surprising that Allen would volunteer that information, but I guess by now it doesn't really matter. 

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NFL Preseason: Redskins Tie It Up In The First Quarter Vs. The Cardinals

Graham Gano has certainly proven himself the past few weeks after missing a 47-yard field goal against the Baltimoore Ravens.

He does it again here tonight against the Arizona Cardinals, nailing a 50-yarder to tie the game at three apiece on a 10-play, 28-yard drive led by fourth string QB Richard Bartel.

Willie Parker had three carries for 19 yards on the drive in a game in which he could possibly be auditioning for other teams after an unimpressive preseason with the Redskins.

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NFL Preseason: Cardinals Take 3-0 Lead On Redskins On Jay Feely Field Goal

On the game's first possession, the Arizona Cardinals marched down the field with a nice drive culminated by a 41-yard field goal by Jay Feely. The Cardinals' starters took advantage of Justin Tryon and H.B. Blades, but the drive stalled when quarterback Derek Anderson fired a pass wide. 

Albert Haynesworth lined up at defensive end for the Redskins, who will now get the ball.

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NFL Preseason: Join The Redskins-Cardinals Game Thread At Hogs Haven

Looking for a place to talk about tonight's Redskins-Cardinals game with fellow fans? You could do it here, but you could and also should go over and join the game thread over at SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven. Also, feel free to head over to SB Nation Arizona and SB Nation's Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds

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NFL Preseason: The Long List Of Redskins Inactive Players

As we mentioned here, there are a lot of players who will not play tonight. How many? Here's the amusing, long list.

Donovan McNabb

Rex Grossman

Anthony Armstrong

Carlos Rogers

DeAngelo Hall

Clinton Portis

Larry Johnson

LaRon Landry

Phillip Buchanon

Reed Doughty

Kareem Moore

Mike Sellers

Chris Cooley

Rocky McIntosh

Perry Riley

London Fletcher

Casey Rabach

Kedric Golston

Derrick Dockery

Artis Hicks

Vonnie Holliday

Joey Galloway

Fred Davis

Santana Moss

Phillip Daniels

Adam Carriker

Maake Kemoeatu

Brian Orakpo

Andre Carter

In fact, the only projected starters not on this list are Trent Williams, Jammal Brown and Albert Haynesworth. Suffice to say, we'll never see an inactive list like this again.

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NFL Preseason: John Beck Will Start At Quarterback For Redskins

Fresh off signing a two-year contract extension, John Beck will finally get his chance to really show everyone what he can do. According to CSN's Ryan O'Halloran, Rex Grossman will not play tonight, meaning Beck should line up under center as the starter. 

Grossman will join several other Redskins starters on the sidelines tonight. In fact, according to O'Halloran, many of the starters and even a couple reserves were on the field going through a conditioning drill, which isn't the kind of thing you'd do if you were actually playing. 

ESPN 980's Chris Russell noticed that Santana Moss, Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, Trent Williams, Adam Carriker, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Andre Carter, London Fletcher, Kendrick Golston, Joey Galloway, Laron Landry, DeAngelo Hall, Reed Doughty, Vonnie Holiday, Brian Orakpo and Derrick Dockery were among those who took part in the drill. 

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NFL Preseason: Redskins Take On Cardinals Out In The Desert

Seventy-five players traveled with the Washington Redskins as they flew out to Arizona to face the Cardinals tonight. The next time the team will play a game, only 53 of those players will remain. That means tonight is basically the last opportunity for so many players to show the coaching staff why they deserve to make the final roster.

Besides that, tonight's game is noteworthy because Albert Haynesworth will play a majority of the snaps. While many of the other starters will come in for just a token appearance (or less), Haynesworth should be in there for far longer. How he responds may set the tone for his entire regular season.

The game starts at 10 and will be aired on NBC and Comcast SportsNet. 

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