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Gruden sticks to original plan: RG3, Redskins offensive starters will sit out preseason finale

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, (10) throws to a receiver as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, (10) throws to a receiver as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Robert Griffin III will get to sit out the final preseason game after all.

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says he will rest his starters Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gruden had considered playing the first-team offense for a series or two because he didn't want Griffin and the starters to end the preseason "on a sour note" after a poor performance Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.

But the coach said Tuesday that the team had put together "a couple of good days of practice" and that he would stick to his original plan of playing only the backups ahead of the final set of roster cuts.

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