The Washington Redskins started another week of practice in preparation for the LA Rams, whose head coach is very familiar to them.

Sean McVay spent five years with Washington, the last three as offensive coordinator. Most of the conversation Wednesday surrounded McVay.

Head Coach Jay Gruden says while he has familiarity with McVay and how he runs an offense, "we don't know what they're going to run. We have to study them and make them one dimensional."

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said McVay believed in him and that meant a great deal. In fact, when McVay left the team to become head coach of the Rams Cousins signed a jersey for him writing, "I owe you my career."

During a weekly conference call with reporters who cover the opposing team, McVay said he was lucky to have coached Cousins, who made him "accountable" as a coach.

Afternoon practice started off with safety DJ Swearinger gathering together his teammates and compelling them to have a competitive practice.

Washington plays the Rams in LA Sunday at 1 p.m. eastern looking for their first win of the season.

WUSA9 Sports photographer Dave Satchell saw Redskins guard Shawn Lauvao being helped into a car late this afternoon and he looked to be in quite a bit of pain. The team’s PR staff says they have no information on the situation. Lauvao is part of the offensive line that allowed Kirk Cousins to be sacked four times in last week’s loss to the Eagles.