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Jordan Reed Won't Let Concussion History Halt Career

Oct 20, 2016 7:46 AM

Jordan Reed says he won't allow a history of concussions to halt his football career.

Reed has suffered at least five concussions since he started playing college football, three of which have occurred in the NFL. The tight end says he has given no thought to quitting.

He signed a contract extension with the Washington Redskins this spring that will pay him $22 million guaranteed.

Reed says he probably suffered a concussion in Week 5, but hid it from the Redskins during the game.

"I kind of kept it to myself," Reed said "I had a pretty bad headache. ... I was feeling it throughout the game and kept playing. The next day I was feeling all right, and then there were some exercises I started doing and I started to feel a little worse."

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Jordan Reed Ruled Out For Week 6 With Concussion

Oct 15, 2016 8:08 PM

Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Week 6 with a concussion.

Reed's latest injury occurred in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, but he did not complain of any symptoms until Tuesday, when he entered the concussion protocol.

Reed has been quarterback Kirk Cousins' favorite target. In the last two years with Reed in the game, Cousins owns a 70.2 total quarterback rating out of 100, having thrown 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Without Reed in the game, Cousins owns a 59.2 total QBR with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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Jordan Reed Evaluated For Concussion

Oct 12, 2016 2:59 PM

Jordan Reed is being evaluated for a concussion after showing symptoms during Tuesday's workouts.

Reed has had a number of concussions throughout his football career.

Through the first five weeks of the 2016 season, Reed has caught 33 balls for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

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NFL Acknowledges 'Bad Visual' In Browns-Washington Fumble

Oct 5, 2016 8:14 AM

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president, acknowledged Tuesday the "bad visual" of a controversial fumble ruling in Week 4' s game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington.

Sarah Thomas awarded possession to Washington long before Browns running back Duke Johnson, Jr. emerged from the pile with the ball.

"We don't have evidence [on replay] that Washington recovered it or Cleveland recovered it, so we have to go with what the official called on the field," Blandino said.

The play occurred with nine minutes, 41 seconds remaining in Washington's eventual 31-20 victory. Screen grabs circulated around the Internet and social media showed Thomas pulling players off the pile -- presumably looking for the ball -- while Johnson stood next to her, holding it high above her head.

According to Blandino, Thomas saw a Washington player recover the ball before Johnson "pulled it away."

"We're not digging at that point [when Johnson had the ball]," Blandino said. "What we're doing is signaling to the players that possession has been established so that they don't continue to fight, and we do that for player safety reasons."

The official box score credited Washington linebacker Will Compton with the recovery. There is no evidence of that on replays of the broadcast, nor was there on any angle reviewed by officials after the play. The NFL replay system requires "clear and obvious" evidence of a mistake to overturn a call.

"There is never an angle that shows Johnson recovering the football on the ground," Blandino said, "and the player coming out of the pile with it is not sufficient evidence, because we all know that the ball can change hands in the pile."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

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Norman On Jones' Big Day Against Panthers: You Get What You Pay For

Oct 3, 2016 9:33 PM

Josh Norman was critical of his former team after the Carolina Panthers gave up 300 yards receiving to Julio Jones in Week 4.

"You get what you pay for," Norman said Monday on ESPN's The Dan Le Batard Show.

Norman was allowed to leave the Panthers in the offseason.

Norman held Jones to a combined 10 catches for 107 yards and 0 touchdowns in 2014, when Jones averaged 99.5 yards receiving per game.

Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott wouldn't speculate on how Sunday's game would have turned out had Norman been on the field against Atlanta.

"I haven't thought about Josh on our defense since the minute he left," McDermott said. "We have new players in those positions, and I have a tremendous amount of confidence in those players, and I expect them to do the job at a high level.

"Josh is a Washington Redskin. We are the Carolina Panthers, and we embrace that."

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Former Lineman Blames Washington Front Office For Media Leaks

Sep 23, 2016 7:37 AM

A former offensive lineman with Washington says the front office is to blame for a majority of leaks to the media.

This week it was reported that multiple offensive players were grumbling about Kirk Cousins.

Tyler Polumbus said on his podcast that there's a culture of leaking information to the media in Washington.

"You know what the problem is? The front office out there doesn’t set the standard," Polumbus said. "I honestly feel like 70 percent of the leaks come from the front office out there. So then a guy comes out and starts complaining behind the scenes [that] a player does it and it's like, 'Well, what are you gonna do? Because we all know that half the leaks are coming from the front office, so maybe you guys can shut your mouth up there and we'll shut our mouth down here.'"

Polumbus, 31, played for Washington from 2011 to 2014.

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Gruden Disputes Notion He's Treating Cousins Differently Than Griffin

Sep 22, 2016 2:44 PM

Jay Gruden disputes the notion he's treated Kirk Cousins differently than he did in the past with Robert Griffin III.

Gruden was heavily critical of Griffin in a memorable November 2014 press conference.

Cousins has struggled to begin the 2016 season.

“There was the one issue; that was it,” Gruden told Albert Breer of his criticism of Griffin, referring to the press conference in which he said Griffin’s performance against Tampa Bay was “not even close to good enough” to what the team expected. “Some people acted like I constantly trashed him. I don’t think I’m treating anyone differently. I learned a lot from that one press conference, and I took responsibility for it. Should’ve kept it in-house. But I’m never trying to put a lot of blame on one person. If things aren’t right, it’s usually because of more than that. And right now, we have a lot to clean up.”

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Norman To Shadow Beckham As Washington Wants Him To Earn His $75M

Sep 21, 2016 4:17 PM

Josh Norman will shadow Odell Beckham Jr. in their Week 3 matchup.

Norman will go "anywhere Odell goes ... except for slot," the source said.

Washington's coaching staff wanted to make the decision sooner, but it didn't want to upset Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

"We're going to let him earn the $75 million," the source said, referring to the five-year, $75 million contract Norman signed during the offseason.

In their matchup in Week 14 of last season, a frustrated Beckham was flagged three times for unnecessary roughness for tussles with Norman, ultimately earning a one-game suspension. Norman also was given an unnecessary roughness penalty in the game. Beckham finished with six receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown.

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Jay Gruden Has 'Total Faith' In Kirk Cousins

Sep 19, 2016 7:05 PM

Jay Gruden voiced his support for Kirk Cousins after another Washington loss in which he was hardly as effective as he was in 2015.

In two games, Cousins has thrown for 693 yards, but he has just one touchdown and three interceptions, playing a crucial role in Washington's 0-2 start. 

"We have total faith that Kirk will get it done, and he will get it done," Jay Gruden said. "He has proven that he can be a successful quarterback in this league."

Washington's defense has allowed 65 points in two games, but the heavy focus is on Cousins' play.

"He's a great competitor without a doubt," Gruden said. "At quarterback, sometimes if you don't get victories, you feel like -- everybody feels like -- it's the quarterback's fault. Everybody's writing headlines on the quarterback. But there are a lot of issues that we have to correct. He's part of it, I'm part of it, the coordinators are part of it, then the rest of the players are part of it. It all fits in the equation."

Cousins is playing under the $19.95 million franchise tag after he and Washington failed to agree upon a long-term deal. 

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Josh Norman Upset With Drug Test After Loss

Sep 19, 2016 8:25 AM

Upset after Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Josh Norman wasn't happy that he also had to take a drug test.

While speaking with the media, Norman complained about a test that had to be completed shortly thereafter.

"How the NFL has us drug tested right after the game, I don't understand that. I really don't," Norman said. "It's crazy. Don't have anything left in the tank and they want you drug tested? I don't understand it."

The NFL conducts random drug tests year-round, and every player will be tested at least once. Norman said this is the first time the NFL has conducted tests after the game.

"I don't get it, I really don't," Norman said. "What's a day gonna do? It's stupid."

The NFL's drug testing policy states that "specimen collections occurring at a club facility, stadium or scouting combine venue will be conducted at the discretion of the Medical Advisor and Collection Vendor without advance notice to the player."

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Victor Cruz On Josh Norman: If You're The Best, Cover The Best WRs
Victor Cruz took a jab at Josh Norman on Wednesday for not covering Antonio Brown on Monday night.

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Alfred Morris Found Free Agency 'Very Insulting'
Alfred Morris, who ended up signing with the Cowboys, found free agency to be "very insulting."

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Antonio Brown: Josh Norman Wanted To Cover Me One-On-One
Antonio Brown had 126 yards and two touchdowns against the Redskins on Monday night with Josh Norman primarily lined up against other receivers.

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Jay Gruden Defends Putting Bashaud Breeland On Antonio Brown
Jay Gruden opted to put Bashaud Breeland, and not Josh Norman, on Antonio Brown during Monday night's Pittsburgh Steelers-Washington Redskins game.

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Washington-Buccaneers Preseason Game Moved Due To Weather
The Buccaneers have announced that this week's preseason finale against Washington has been moved up to Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather.

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Bryan Stork Fails Physical With Washington
Bryan Stork has failed his physical with Washington, the latest in a lengthy drama.

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Cullen Jenkins To Work Out For Washington
Washington is looking for depth along the defensive line and they will reportedly work out Cullen Jenkins.

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Josh Norman Defends Decision To Work For FOX This Season
Josh Norman will work for FOX Sports this season, a decision he made without asking the Redskins for permission.

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Odell Beckham: Josh Norman 'Relevant Because Of Me'
Josh Norman, who battled with Odell Beckham as a member of the Panthers last season, signed with the Redskins this offseason.

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Kirk Cousins To Play 2016 Under Franchise Tag
Kirk Cousins becomes the second quarterback to play under the franchise tag.

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Kirk Cousins Won't Reach Long-Term Deal With Washington
Washington won't come to an agreement with Kirk Cousins on a new deal by the July 15th deadline for franchise-tagged players, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Chris Cooley: 'Washington Are Winning 11 Games Next Year'
Chris Cooley believes the team is going to take a big jump forward in 2016.

Dan Steinberg/Washington Post

Jay-Z Name-Drops Josh Norman In New Song
Jay-Z, who rapped on DJ Khaled's "I Got The Keys," mentions the cornerback around the one-minute mark.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Jamison Crowder Believes Washington Has Best Receiving Corps
The Redskins, who drafted first-rounder Josh Doctson, have the best group of receivers in the NFL, according to Jamison Crowder.

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Sidwell Friends School Bans Washington Apparel
Students at Sidwell Friends School will have to leave any apparel featuring the name or logo of Washington’s NFL team at home or risk violating the school's dress code.

Benjamin Freed/Washingtonian

Kirk Cousins: I'm Going To Get Better
Kirk Cousins was a reserve for his first three seasons before taking over as the starter of Washington last season.

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Kirk Cousins: 'No Progress' On New Contract
Kirk Cousins has already signed his franchise tender, guaranteeing him $20 million for the 2016 season.

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Washington: Laptop Containing Player Data Was Stolen
Washington has confirmed that confidential player data was put at risk for compromise after a laptop computer belonging to an athletic trainer was stolen in April.

Austin Knoblauch/NFL.com

Kirk Cousins, Washington Remain Optimistic About Long-Term Deal
Washington would like to sign Kirk Cousins to a multi-year deal that would carry a lower cap figure.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

Jordan Reed Agrees To Five-Year, $50M Extension With Washington
Jordan Reed caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

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