Brady, Smith Sit As Patriots Beat Redskins
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By redskins writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England might have found a running back in undrafted free agent Ralph Webb.

Washington may have lost one with a knee injury to second-round pick Derrius Guice.

Webb ran for two touchdowns and also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions on Thursday night as the defending AFC champions rallied from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat Washington 26-17 in the teams’ exhibition openers.

“I’ve been working my whole life for this, to come out here and get a chance to compete,” said Webb, who was undrafted out of Vanderbilt and listed ninth among nine running backs on the Patriots’ depth chart. “I’m blessed to be able to be here and say that I did it.”

Guice, the No. 59 overall pick from LSU, was slow getting up after a 34-yard run that was negated by a penalty late in the first quarter. Coach Jay Gruden said he would have an MRI on his knee on Friday.

“I just said a little prayer for Derrius,” Washington quarterback Colt McCoy said. “I hope he’s OK.”

McCoy outplayed New England’s Brian Hoyer in a scrimmage of backup quarterbacks, while starters Tom Brady and Alex Smith stayed on the sidelines counting their...



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