by Brian McNally

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Redskins began preparations for Sunday’s season opener against Houston in earnest with a practice on Monday morning. Tempers frayed in the Labor Day heat during a chippy 90-minute session.

“You’re getting the reps for the people that are going to be in there,” which is exciting,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “You can hone in on a plan with the people that are going to be playing instead of mixing and trying to sub and trying to find out who you’re best 53 is.

The Redskins now know who will be available to begin the season on Sept. 7 against the Texans. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton won’t be. He was placed on injured reserve over the weekend. The reason? A high ankle sprain that is worse than originally anticipated. Sharpton had begun taking part in practice last week, but it was clear he wasn’t ready to practice full time or play in a game.

“Obviously, we had hopes for Darryl to come in here. His ankle, he tried to rehab it and it just didn’t get any better for him,” Gruden said. “We want to make sure we take care of it the right way and that’s what they decided to do.”

Meanwhile, cornerback Tracy Porter re-injured his hamstring strain on Saturday during practice. Linebacker Akeem Jordan has a mild knee sprain – a relief after he went down in pain during the preseason finale against Tampa Bay. Given that Monday’s are not usually practice days during the regular season,

Gruden saw it as a bonus session that gave the team the luxury to hold out any players nursing injuries. Jordan’s status for Sunday’s game remains unclear, Gruden said.

“It feels good. Game week. It’s Houston week and we’re ready to go,” Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “They’re a very good team, a very good defense, so we’ve got our hands full. But we’re all excited. We want to get to game planning and get out there where it really counts.”

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