Dumervil plans to practice Friday, play Sunday


Dumervil plans to practice Friday, play Sunday

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) If Elvis Dumervil and D.J. Williams get their way, they'll both spend Sunday harassing San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers.

Dumervil first has to show he's healthy enough to play and Williams has to prove he's knocked off the rust.

Dumervil hasn't practiced all week but plans to test his sprained left shoulder at practice Friday in hopes the Broncos (6-3) will clear him to face the Chargers (4-5). The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was injured at Carolina last weekend but medical tests this week showed no torn muscles or ligaments.

``My goal is to play,'' Dumervil said. ``That's what I've got to look toward tomorrow, coming out and getting a good practice in and getting ready.''

Dumervil had a similar injury to the same shoulder that sidelined him for two games and most of a third last season, but he said this injury is ``nowhere near'' as serious or as painful as that one was.

He leads the AFC with five forced fumbles and has seven sacks.

``I do miss him being out here,'' cornerback Champ Bailey said Thursday. ``I don't want him to miss any time.''

Neither does Von Miller, the other half of Denver's ``Doom & Gloom'' pass-rushing duo, although he still had a monster game when Dumervil went out and was replaced by Robert Ayers and rookie Malik Jackson.

Williams returned this week from two suspensions that kept him out of the first nine games.

``He's been looking good in practice,'' Miller said. ``He's in shape. He's right on point, he's looking sharp. I'm sure he'll have fresh legs on Sunday. I'm quite confident he'll have a good game on Sunday.''

He'll have to return to the roster first and then get activated on game day.

At any rate, it could be some time before Williams returns to a heavy load because Wesley Woodyard, Keith Brooking and Miller have played so well in his absence, as has rookie Danny Trevathan in the nickel packages.

Barring injury, Williams, the team's leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, will likely have to make his mark on special teams and in sub packages early on. Still, his teammates expect him to quickly work his way back into a prominent role.

``He makes us more explosive,'' Dumervil said. ``He's athletic, he's smart, he's a great athlete. So, it's huge. I think we can do a lot more different things. Having D.J. back brings us more depth. I think guys have been playing at a high level and having a guy like that come on board'' only bodes well for the stretch run.

Notes: The Broncos signed S Duke Ihenacho, whom they waived this week, to the practice squad and released LB Mike Mohamed from the practice squad.


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3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia


3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia

Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin. 

Here are your three stars from the game: 

1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out: 

Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere​ got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games. 

3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose. 

The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center. 

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.