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Redskins Share Thoughts On Playing In London Next Year

Minus a couple veterans with mixed opinions about playing previously in London, Redskins players seemed to be generally excited about getting their first trip overseas.

For some, like running back Chris Thompson and linebacker Preston Smith, the trip would be their first time out of the country.

"Especially to be going out of the country to be able to play a football game and go for free," Thompson said, "that'll be real good to be able to go to London for a week and be able to play in front of the fans there. I know a few guys that have gone and they've really enjoyed it."

"Yeah I'm excited because I've never been out of the country before, and it would be great to go up there and see a different atmosphere and play in front of a different crowd," Smith said. "To see our fan base across the sea and play in front of those guys, who don't get a chance to come over here and watch games, so they have to watch it on TV [overseas]. It will just be great to get out and see different things."

It was announced Wednesday morning that in addition to the Redskins playing on Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium against the Bengals, the team could end up staying for two weeks. If the Redskins end up in the same place in their division as the Rams, they will play the week before at Twickenham Stadium.

This announcement came as a surprise to many in the locker room.

"That'd be cool," defensive lineman Chris Baker said. "I never got a chance to go to London. I think it would be a fun experience to travel across the country to play our sport."

Baker also heard good feedback from some of his buddies around the league that have made the trip with other teams.

"They've all had a good time," Baker said. "They were out there for a week. It's a good vacation. It's something new, something that we're not used to. There's always an adjustment period but I can't complain. Look forward to it."

His fellow lineman agreed.

"It's probably our time to go, so you take advantage of the opportunity," Kedric Golston said. "It's still a football game. I've never been to London, so I'm sure it's a great experience. That's just kind of the direction the NFL is going. I'm not going to stop it, and no one in this room is going to stop it. So why even worry about it."

Then there was head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins, speaking to the media at the podium, locked into taking on the Giants this Sunday with the prospects of London far from their minds.

"I just heard about that a minute ago and that'll be exciting next year," Gruden said. "I really could [not] care less at this time – we're trying to get a victory against a very good New York Giant team in an important game. We'll deal with that in the offseason when it comes."

"Yeah, I have zero thoughts on that," Cousins said. "I really haven't even had one second of thought about it. It's so far away, and as I've said before, in this league, man, I try to focus on the day, the week. My contract ends after this season, so I'm just focused on right now — here and now — and trying to make the most of it."

In other words, London can wait. There's a big division game on Sunday. 




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