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NFL Rumor Central: Competition at left guard in Washington?

Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao will battle it out for the starting left guard spot. USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Lauvao is expected to be ready for the start of training camp July 28 after recovering from an ankle injury, but when he returns there will be a competition for the starting left guard spot, according to the Washington Post. The competition? Spencer Long.

After an ankle injury sidelined Lauvao in Week 3 for the rest of the season, Long had to step up. Despite not having a single previous NFL start in his second season, Long developed into an asset by the end of the season -- one that Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden believes in.

“He has already got the athletic ability,” said Gruden. “He is a big man that can run and he is strong, so now if he brings the confidence and the knowledge of the system with him he’s going to be very, very good.”

Although Lauvao has been sidelined during offseason practices after undergoing five procedures for other foot issues, he's expected to vie for the starting spot.

“Shawn was playing at a very high level before he got injured, so I’m not going to pencil in anybody as a starter right now,” Gruden said. “I want to make sure Shawn gets healthy first. I really like his ability, but I love the way Spencer came on at the end of the year. It’s good to have two good guys at that position.”