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Redskins’ Chris Chester Will Not Play In Preseason Opener

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Washington Redskins announced right guard Chris Chester will not play Thursday night because of a left ankle injury sustained in practice Monday and will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Adam Gettis.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Chester was “a long shot” to appear in the game, but he was on the field prior to warm-ups and worked with athletic trainers on the ankle to gauge his level of comfort.

Gettis was chosen in the fifth round out of Iowa, where he said earlier in the week he gained some comfort working in a zone-blocking scheme. What has been foreign to him, however, was blocking for a mobile quarterback such as Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins also announced three changes to the depth chart – Chris Cooley starting for the injured Darrel Young at fullback, Leonard Hankerson ahead of Joshua Morgan at receiver and Evan Royster earning the first carries at running back. All three changes were revealed by Shanahan earlier in the week.