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Washington to start Beck at quarterback

Washington to start Beck at quarterback
Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck warms up for the game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on January 2, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

ASHBURN, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- John Beck will start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their exhibition game Friday against Indianapolis.

Beck, in his fifth NFL season, has appeared in five professional games -- all in his rookie season at Miami. He and quarterback Rex Grossman have split time working with the Redskins' first-team offense this week.

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Washington Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday Beck would be given the start Friday in Indianapolis. Beck missed last week's pre-season game against Pittsburgh because of a groin injury. Shanahan said the injury was healed.

Grossman started at quarterback against the Steelers, completing 19-of-26 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Kellen Clemens played the second half. Washington won the game 16-7.

Beck was a second-round draft choice by Miami in 2007. He appeared in five games, starting four, for the Dolphins that season. Miami was 1-15 that season. He signed with Baltimore in 2009 and then was traded to the Redskins prior to last season.

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