FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck passes during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The benching of Rex Grossman is seen by some
Washington Redskins players as a sign that coach Mike Shanahan
isn't about to let the season slip away.
Running back Tim Hightower says the promotion of John Beck to
starting quarterback "definitely sends a message that they want to win here." Beck makes his first start in four years when the Redskins visit
Carolina on Sunday.
Beck isn't the only new starter on offense. Sean Locker gets the call at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, who has a sprained right ankle.
Will Montgomery moves from center to left guard to replace Kory
Lichtensteiger, out for the season with torn knee ligaments. First-year player Erik Cook will be at center, making his first NFL start.
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