Redskins, Pats to practice together in camp

Long before teams play their first preseason game, players have the same thought. They're tired of hitting their teammates.

This summer the Washington Redskins will have a chance to hit someone else before their first game. They announced that they'll hold three days of joint practices with the New England Patriots in Richmond, preceding their preseason opener.

The teams will practice together from Aug. 4-6, leading into their preseason game a day later at FedEx Field. The Redskins had done such workouts in the past, having traveled to practice for multiple days against the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans. But it's been at least 15 years since those took place. They used to have scrimmages against the Pittsburgh Steelers as well.

Coaches always like practices like this because they get to see their players against another opponent, providing them more of a measuring stick. They also get to run plays against players who don't know what to expect, giving them a better chance to see how it works. Coaches can exchange ideas as well, or pick up new ways of doing things.

And it'll give fans in Richmond a chance to see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.