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Redskins-Steelers GameDay Preview


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The Redskins host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, Aug. 12 in the presason opener for both clubs at FedExField. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 85,000.

The Redskins' all-time preseason record is 112-117-2.

Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 in preseason play.

Friday night's preseason game vs. Pittsburgh is the first of four exhibition contests.

The Redskins play road games against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 19 and the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 25. They close out preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1.

Last year, Washington finished at 6-10 and in last place in the NFC East. Pittsburgh finished at 12-4 and in first place in the AFC North en route to an appearance in Super Bowl XLV, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-25.

The Redskins-Steelers game will be televised on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. Kenny Albert calls the play-by-play and former Redskin Joe Theismann provides color commentary. Another former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Chris Russell reports from the sidelines.


WR89 Santana Moss17 Mike Wallace
LT71 Trent Williams72 Jonathan Scott
LG78 K. Lichtensteiger68 Chris Kemoeatu
C63 Will Montgomery53 Maurkice Pouncey
RG66 Chris Chester73 Ramon Foster
RT77 Jammal Brown61 Chris Scott
TE47 Chris Cooley83 Heath Miller
WR10 Jabar Gaffney88 Emmanuel Sanders
QB8 Rex Grossman7 B. Roethlisberger
FB36 Darrel Young85 David Johnson
RB39 Tim Hightower34 R. Mendenhall

DE94 Adam Carriker96 Ziggy Hood
NT96 Barry Cofield98 Casey Hampton
DE72 Stephen Bowen99 Brett Keisel
OLB91 Ryan Kerrigan56 LaMarr Woodley
ILB52 Rocky McIntosh51 James Farrior
ILB59 London Fletcher94 L. Timmons
OLB98 Brian Orakpo92 James Harrison
CB23 DeAngelo Hall24 Ike Taylor
CB26 Josh Wilson20 Bryant McFadden
SS37 Reed Doughty43 Troy Polamalu
FS20 O.J. Atogwe25 Ryan Clark

P6 Sav Rocca9 Daniel Sepulveda
K4 Graham Gano6 Shaun Suisham
H6 Sav Rocca9 Daniel Sepulveda
LS57 Nick Sundberg60 Greg Warren
KOR16 Brandon Banks24 Antonio Brown
PR16 Brandon Banks24 Antonio Brown


The Redskins and Steelers have met a total of 19 times in preseason, with Washington holding a 12-6-1 edge.

The two franchises last faced off in the preseason in 2009, with the Steelers pulling out a 17-13 victory at FedExField.

In the regular season, the Redskins and Steelers have played 76 times, with Washington holding a 42-31-3 edge in the series.

The last time the two clubs met in the regular season was Nov. 3, 2008, when the Steelers defeated the Redskins 23-6 in a Monday Night contest at FedExField.

The Redskins jumped ahead 6-0 on a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals in the first quarter, but the Steelers responded with 23 unanswered points. Ben Roethlisberger scored on a 1-yard dive, but he later suffered a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Byron Leftwich, who guided the Steelers to two second-half touchdowns.

Jason Campbell completed 23-of-43 passes for 206 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked seven times by the ferocious Steelers defense.


Total Offense18335.9
Rushing Offense3091.3
Passing Offense8244.6
Total Defense31389.2
Rushing Defense26127.6
Passing Defense31261.7

Total Offense14345.3
Rushing Offense11120.2
Passing Offense14225.1
Total Offense2276.8
Rushing Offense162.8
Passing Offense12214.1


Free safety Ryan Clark played for the Redskins from 2004-05 and established himself as a starting caliber defender with the Redskins.

Kicker Shaun Suisham played for the Redskins from 2006-09. He is club's all-time leader in field goal percentage (minimum 100 attempts). He converted 81-of-101 field goal attempts, an 80.0 percent clip, in four seasons with the Redskins.

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson served in the same capacity with the Redskins in 2000.


-- How the 80-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 30 players on the roster that the team drafted, including each of the first-round draft picks (Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo) of the last three years.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 34 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Rex Grossman in 2010 and Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen in 2011.

Nineteen Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes cornerback Byron Westbrook, running back Keiland Williams and tight end Logan Paulsen.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Santana Moss (Jets) in 2005, John Beck (Ravens), Jammal Brown (Saints) and Adam Carriker (Rams) in 2010 and Jabar Gaffney (Broncos) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals) in 2011.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: defensive tackle Doug Worthington.

-- Tomlin's Background

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin began his coaching career in 1995 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

He entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. Tomlin moved on to defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

As a player, Tomlin was a three-year starter at William & Mary froom 1990-94 and he finished his career with 100 receptions for 2,046 yards and a school-record 20 TD catches.

Tomlin was born in Hampton, Va. He attended Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL, currently with 85,000 seats.

It is more than 2,400 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, New Meadowlands Stadium where the New York Giants and New York Jets play.

Cowboys Stadium has an 80,000 seating capacity, but is expandable to seat up to 100,000.

Prior to the removal of upper deck seats last offseason, FedExField had 91,704 seats.

In a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins set a single-game attendance record of 90,910. In that contest, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys 27-6 to secure a Wild Card playoff berth.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet.

The Redskins and Colts played in the regular season last year, with the Colts prevailing 27-24 at FedExField.

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