Injuries, penalties mar Redskins win over Steelers

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Injuries, penalties mar Redskins win over Steelers

LANDOVER, Maryland - Robert Griffin III’s surgeon ended up tending to Griffin’s backup.

Le’Veon Bell got hurt again.

There were 15 penalties and seven turnovers, including a sequence of three giveaways in five plays.

What a mess it was when the Washington Redskins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-13 Monday night.

Good thing the preseason doesn’t count, except when it hurts.

Kirk Cousins, the team’s insurance policy in case Griffin isn’t ready for the Redskins’ regular-season opener, sprained his right foot early in the second quarter.

Bell, the second-round pick who was supposed to have the inside track on the up-for-grabs Steelers running back job, hurt his right foot in the first quarter, another injury to go with the sore left knee that kept him out of Pittsburgh’s preseason opener.

Griffin didn’t play, even though he suited up again in his yearning to get on his field as he makes his way back from reconstructive right knee surgery.

He’s been cleared by Dr. James Andrews for practice, but not for games.

Andrews, owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen chatted before the game while Griffin was warming up.

No doubt a prime topic was the protocol for determining whether last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year will be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 9.

Griffin raised eyebrows when he dressed in full uniform before the preseason opener at Tennessee on Aug. 8, even though he knew he wasn’t going to play. He did the same Monday night, right down to the bulky black brace on his right knee.

Earlier, he walked onto the field wearing a white T-shirt with the words “OPERATION PATIENCE,’’ his ad hoc theme throughout training camp meant to temper his unhappiness with coach Mike Shanahan’s cautious practice plan.

Both coaches will have plenty of teachable moments from the game video.

The Redskins committed three personal foul penalties for the second straight game - including two Monday on safety DeJon Gomes - and have been whistled for 18 total penalties in two games.

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