NFL Preseason Preview - Pittsburgh (0-1) at Washington (1-0) (ET)
(Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III is back on the practice field but the preseason will remain the domain of backup Kirk Cousins in the nation's capital.
That's the Days of Our Lives-type backdrop on the Beltway as the Redskins prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason action at FedEx Field.
RG3 is attempting to return from major knee surgery performed just seven months ago after he tore the ACL and LCL in his right knee during Washington's NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
He was moving well in his return to practice this week despite a brace on the knee but the positive signs haven't convinced Washington coach Mike Shanahan, who is taking a prudent, cautious approach with an eye on having his franchise player for Week 1 of the regular season, Sept. 9 against division rival Philadelphia.
Ever the competitor Griffin said he didn't understand Shanahan's plan or like it.
"I can't B.S. that answer," the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year said. "No. I don't like it, and there's some part of it that I do understand. I don't understand all of it."
Realizing he was creating a manufactured controversy, RG3 backed off his strong words shortly thereafter.
"I just want everybody to know if there's any questions about if there's a rift between me and Coach or if there's a conflict, there is no conflict," Griffin said. "Coaches coach. I'm the player. Coach has a plan and I'm abiding by that plan."
On the field the Redskins are coming off a thrilling last second preseason opening win in Nashville when Pat White scrambled for a 9-yard score and then found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the go-ahead two-point conversion, as Washington rallied for a 22-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Cousins got the start under center and completed 6-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a score, while backup Rex Grossman finished 10-for-21 for 119 yards and a touchdown. White, Washington's third-string quarterback on the day, went 5- for-8 for 31 yards while rushing five times for 33 yards and a score.
The Steelers, meanwhile, are trying to bounce back from an 18-13 setback to the New York Giants in their first preseason game.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 4-of-8 passes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh, which missed the postseason for the first time since 2009 a year ago. LaRod Stephens-Howling picked up 40 yards on the ground on seven carries in defeat.
The Steelers' defense recorded four sacks, two fumble recoveries and limited the Giants to six third-down conversions on 16 attempts.
The Redskins rivalry with Pittsburgh dates all the way back to 1933 and the teams will meet in the preseason Monday for the second time in the last three seasons and for the third time since 2009. Pittsburgh is looking to break a two-game preseason losing skid against Washington, which is 14-5-1 all-time versus the Steelers in exhibition play.
- Washington Touchdown - 22-yard interception return
by Ryan Kerrigan. (Kai Forbath kick). 8:24 remaining.
- Pittsburgh Field Goal - 28-yarder by Shaun Suisham.
- Washington Touchdown - 10-yard pass from Rex Grossman
to Leonard Hankerson. (Kai Forbath kick). 5:51 remaining.
- Pittsburgh Field Goal - 30-yarder by Shaun Suisham.
- Washington Field Goal - 38-yarder by Kai Forbath.
- No scoring.
- Pittsburgh Touchdown - 10-yard pass from Landry Jones to
Derek Moye. (Shaun Suisham kick). 14:54 remaining.
- Washington Touchdown - 30-yard run by Roy Helu. (Kai
Forbath kick). 3:21 remaining.
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Leonard Hankerson's one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter highlighted the Washington Redskins' 24-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason action at FedEx Field.
Kirk Cousins started under center again for the recovering Robert Griffin III, and the Redskins backup left early in the second quarter with a foot injury.
Washington's Ryan Kerrigan returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception for a score and Rex Grossman completed 10-of-16 passes for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Roethlisberger threw for 66 yards on 5-of-6 passes, while Jonathan Dwyer gained 68 yards on 14 carries for a Pittsburgh offense that saw rookie running back Le'Veon Bell exit with a foot injury.
Kerrigan picked off Roethlisberger from his left end position on Pittsburgh's second possession of the game and rumbled 22 yards the other way for a score.
Shaun Suisham's 28-yard field goal got the Steelers on the board early in the second, but another turnover, this time a Dwyer fumble, led to Grossman throwing a 10-yard touchdown strike over the middle to Hankerson, who only used one hand to haul in the pass for a 14-3 Redskins lead.
Suisham and Kai Forbath traded field goals just before the break, and the first points in the second half came early in the fourth quarter when Pittsburgh rookie Landry Jones found Jamie McCoy for a 10-yard TD.
Roy Helu's 30-yard touchdown run with under four minutes left sealed Washington's win.