Redskins wake-up call

The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Thursday, after an open locker room session. Here are three areas of interest:

  1. The quarterback update. Really, there isn’t much of an update because all along the start belongs to Colt McCoy – unless Robert Griffin III showed an awful lot. And then a little bit more. Still, coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he’d like to know for sure Thursday who will start. So, we’re hoping he has a definitive answer on Griffin. Again, it remains a longshot and it would be a wise decision. This isn’t just about Griffin being healthy, but about respecting how much it takes to play well. And a young player coming off a long period of inactivity who is still learning the offense needs more than one good week of practice to play. It’s really that simple.

  2. Injuries/other moves. We’ll also get a little bit more of a feel for players such as linebacker Perry Riley. I’ll be curious to see what happens if he’s ready to return. Will Compton has been fine the past two games. Also, corner Tracy Porter was able to practice Wednesday, though I don’t know for how much. The other issue that needs updating is the right tackle situation where Gruden said he’s contemplating making a move, possibly benching Tyler Polumbus for either Tom Compton or Morgan Moses.

  3. Among the items on the blog Thursday: Santana Moss talking about why he felt the Redskins should have stuck with Kirk Cousins (he’s a big fan) and also an item talking to linebacker Trent Murphy talking about the adjustments he’s had to make going from college to the NFL when it comes to setting the edge and pass rushing – and why it will help his pass rush playing the entire game.