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Griffin's load gets heavier with defensive injuries

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By Eric Edholm

There are problems that the season-ending injuries to DE Adam Carriker and OLB Brian Orakpo will cause, and some of the solutions will come from their replacements: among them, DEs Jarvis Jenkins and Kedric Golston and OLBs Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson.

But another way the Redskins will compensate is with the offense. It has been terrific through two weeks, leading the NFL in scoring. A large part of it is because of the talent and maturity of QB Robert Griffin III. He has played two great games now, with only one notable mistake (the interception vs. St. Louis) and was an Aldrick Robinson dropped pass (57 yards downfield) away from even bigger production.

Now the Redskins might put more on Griffin’s plate. Expect to see the coaches unleash their dangerous rookie even more than they have to date.

It’s risky, considering he’s still a rookie and the risk for injury is there with the fact that he has rushed 20 times in two games, which too high an average for a player who has a slight frame. We don’t know how long replacement referees, who seem to be allowing more physical contact to occur on their watch, will be employed.

Other risks include the somewhat shaky performance of the wideouts and the state of the offensive line, which is less than dependable. Still, the Redskins appear willing to roll the dice.

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