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Robert Griffin III To Make NFL Preseason Debut Thursday as Redskins Visit Bills

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It's RGIII Time

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ASHBURN, VA - JULY 26: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during training camp at Redskins Park on July 26, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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The pomp and circumstance surrounding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been immense. Since being drafted in April, RGIII has been essentially anointed as the savior of a moribund franchise in need of a facelift (though don't tell Griffin that he is the "face" of the franchise).

Finally, after months of anticipation and adulation, Griffin will take the field for the first time Thursday when the Redskins open their 2012 preseason schedule at 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Last week, head coach Mike Shanahan outlined his plan to use Griffin during the preseason. According to said plan, Grfffin will likely play the first 12-20 plays of the game Thursday before seeing more time as the preseason progresses.  Joining RGIII at the start of Thursday's game will be running back Evan Royster -- who will split carries with Roy Helu, Jr. -- and possibly tight end-turned-fullback Chris Cooley, who will take snaps at fullback while Darrel Young remains out with a hamstring injury.

Other players ruled out Thursday include running back Tim Hightower (knee), wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (shoulder) and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee).

The Bills are scheduled to play their starters for about 15-18 plays Thursday, including quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and newly-acquired defensive end Mario Williams.

The game can be seen live on NBC4's digital channel, NBC Washington Nonstop -- Comcast 208, Verizon Fios 460, Cox 803, various channels on RCN and over the air on 4.2.

Meanwhile, the game will be blacked out in Buffalo due to low ticket sales, so if you are a 'Skins fan in the area who is not attending/cannot attend the game, I suggest you get in the car.

More details on watching the game on NBC Washington Nonstop:

Q: Where is the Redskins game?

A: You can see the Redskins game at 7 p.m. on NBC Washington Nonstop.

  • If you don’t have cable, you can see it on Channel 4.2
  • If you have Comcast and live in Northern Virginia, DC or most of Maryland: Channel 208
  • If you have Verizon FIOS, you can see it on Channel 460
  • If you have COX Cable, you can see it on Channel 803
  • If you have RCN Cable, you need to check with your cable operator because NBC Wash Nonstop varies by location
  • If you have DirecTV, you cannot see NBC Washington Nonstop, but you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet on Channel 642
  • If you have Dish Network, you cannot see NBC Washington Nonstop, but you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet on Channel 424
  • If you have Comcast and do not see NBC Washington Nonstop on Channel 208, you’re probably in Howard or Anne Arundel County, and you can’t see NBC Wash Nonstop

Q: Can I see NBC Washington Nonstop on Satellite TV?

A: No. But you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet.

Q: Why are you not broadcasting the game in High Definition?

A: We would love to broadcast the game in HD, but we are not able to for contractual reasons.


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