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Preparations Underway For HOF Game

The Redskins began work Friday morning on preparing for the Hall of Fame Game, with the team installing some basic looks during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Many of the team's younger players are expected to get a long look in the Redskins' first of five preseason games.

The game, in Canton, Ohio, is slated for Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET.

"In the preseason, what you like to do is play a good solid game and abide by all of the game's principles," he said. "You don't want to turn the ball over and you want very few penalties. I think you focus on execution."

The Redskins will hold a closed practice this evening and Gibbs hopes to hold a simulated game.

"Warm-ups, halftime-there are so many things that are going on," he said. "You just want to go through that one time and get everything as organized as possible. Because on Monday night, you know it's going to be organized chaos."

Monday's game will be reserved mostly for the team's younger players. It's possible that quarterback Gibran Hamdan, fresh off of a stint in NFL Europe, could see significant action.

"We are getting ready to find out about him," Gibbs said. "I think he has been impressive so far. We're anxious to match him up against other people and see how he does. It still remains to be seen with almost all of the players."

Gibbs said the team hasn't decided who will start at H-back, saying the decision is up to tight ends coach Rennie Simmons.

The game will also be the first for Gibbs playing with a shortened play clock, using headphones to call in plays and monitoring instant replay.

"We didn't have [headphones] the first go-around, but I wish we had," Gibbs said. "I like this system much better, I think it's quicker. But having said that, we probably can't do as much as we did before, formation-wise."

Linebacker LaVar Arrington sat out practice with soreness in his lower leg. But he still participated, to an extent, by standing along the goal lines, behind the defensive alignment and reading the play as it unfolded.

Middle linebacker Mike Barrow appeared to injure his left knee during a 9-on-9 drill and left practice early.

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