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Robert Griffin III will go 12 to 20 snaps versus Bills

By Tim Graham

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan isn't worried about sending his prized rookie quarterback into action against the Buffalo Bills' potentially dangerous defensive line.

Shanahan told reporters Wednesday that he would use his starters, including Robert Griffin III, for between 12 and 20 snaps in next Thursday's preseason opener in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game will be RG3's NFL debut.

"We're trying to put players in those situations that are game-like situations," Shanahan said. "We've got everybody on the sideline. We're playing it just like a game. You try to put a guy like Robert through as many game-type situations as possible, and hopefully it gets him ready a little bit quicker."

Shanahan also pointed out there's no reason to be cautious with Griffin against the Bills when the Redskins face some of the NFL's nastiest defensive lines in the NFC East.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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