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Grossman: Redskins will win NFC East

WASHINGTON — The Redskins haven't won the NFC East since 1999. Rex Grossman believes that drought will end this season.

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The defending division champion Eagles have grabbed the offseason headlines with their free-agent spending spree. The Cowboys are a candidate to rebound. The Giants won the division in 2008.

But Grossman said the team no one is talking about will come out on top.

"We're fine being the sleepers right now," the former Florida quarterback, No. 1 on the Redskins' depth chart, told Comcast SportsNet. "You know, we're just waiting in the wings, ready to take over the NFC East.

"Nobody's talking about us. That's right where we want to be. You look at us from top to bottom out here, there's a bunch of great players. And we don't need people saying we're the best right now, but when it's all said and done, I really feel like this team's going to win the East."

Broncos: Tim Tebow said he expects to be the second quarterback to play in the preseason opener at Dallas tonight, after No. 1 Kyle Orton.

Chargers: Pro Bowl offensive tackle Marcus McNeill is expected to miss two weeks after surgery to remove a bone spur in a knee, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. This is McNeill's second minor knee procedure of the year, ESPN reported.

Browns: Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had a foot-to-knee cast removed from his left leg and was in a walking boot. Coach Pat Shurmur has said he has a bone injury.

Eagles: Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith signed a one-year deal. The free agent from the Giants sustained a season-ending left knee injury against the Vikings on Dec. 13 and had surgery. He said he believes he'll be able to play soon.

Giants: Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora told a reporter from NFL Network that he was going to Atlanta to get his left knee examined after he worked with trainers at practice for the first time in almost a week, simulating snap counts. He hasn't practiced since reporting to camp a day late, July 30, because he's upset the team has not reworked his contract, which will pay him $7.1 million over its final two years. Former USF end Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the majority of reps with the first team.

Packers: Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews said he played the second half of the 2010 season and the postseason with a stress fracture in his left leg. Matthews, who had 13½ sacks during the season and 3½ more during the team's run to the Super Bowl title, said he is pain-free for the start of this season.

Patriots: All-Pro guard Logan Mankins agreed to a six-year deal, ESPN reported. Mankins was assigned the team's franchise tag this season. He was set to earn $10.1 million on a one-year contract but preferred the added security of a long-term deal. Last season Mankins didn't report until the eighth game of the season because he was unhappy the team wanted to give him a one-year deal instead of a longer one.

Saints: A $336 million upgrade that began after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the Louisiana Superdome in 2005 is finished, and owner Tom Benson said the upgrade measures up to a new stadium he was pushing for before the 2005 storm.

Retirees upset: Attorneys for retired players, the NFL and the players union are still trying to resolve legal issues from the lockout. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson had the sides sit down in St. Paul, Minn., with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who brokered the agreement that ended the lockout. The retirees still have a lawsuit pending against the league. They say they were left out of the talks.

Taylor case: A man who pleaded guilty to arranging a sexual encounter between an underage prostitute and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to seven years in prison in New York.

Grossman: Redskins will win NFC East 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:41am]

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