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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.

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Josh Norman likely to return to Redskins practice, and more injury news

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Josh Norman likely to return to Redskins practice, and more injury news

Most of the Redskins’ injury headlines yesterday centered around the offensive line, where four of the five starters are ailing. But there was some other news from Jay Gruden’s day after conference call and not all of it was bad.

 —CB Josh Norman should return to practice this week and the chances of him playing against the Cowboys on Sunday are strong. He has missed the last two games with a broken rib. He got some practice in last week but the medical staff would not clear him to play against the Eagles.

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—S Deshazor Everett suffered a strained hamstring on October 3 against the Chiefs. After the bye week and two missed games he could be ready to go. Gruden said that Everett will practice this week and he could go on Sunday. That would be good news for two reasons. Everett is a major contributor on special teams and Stefan McClure, who has been the backup safety while Everett has been out, has a hamstring strain and is “questionable, day-to-day” according to Gruden.

—OLB Preston Smith has a groin strain and he also is “questionable, day-to-day” per Gruden. The Eagles game was his first this season in which he did not record at least half a sack. The injury limited him to just 30 snaps. Smith has not missed a game since the Redskins drafted him in 2015.

—CB Fabian Moreau has a hamstring injury and he is, you guessed it, day-to-day. If he can’t play, the impact of the injury will be lessened by the return of Norman, which would allow Quinton Dunbar to return to his usual role as the first cornerback off the bench.

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The Redskins will not practice today as they usually would on Wednesday for a Sunday game. Instead, they will conduct a walkthrough. There will be a hypothetical injury report issued which list who would have been limited and out of practice if there had been a normal practice. That will give us a chance to see how much some of these nagging-type injuries have improved (or not) since the Monday night game.

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

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Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

The Redskins will be without one of their top defenders when they take on the Eagles on Monday night.

Jay Gruden announced that CB Josh Norman is out for the second straight game with a broken rib. Norman was able to practice on a limited basis earlier this week but he did not practice today. Gruden said that the recovery from the injury just had not progressed to the point where the doctors would clear him to play.

Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is listed as questionable with a knee injury he sustained last week against the 49ers. “He did a good job today,” said Gruden. “He’s looking better.”

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Gruden said that a final determination on Breeland’s status will be made on Sunday.

With Norman out, Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job filling in against the 49ers, will start. If both of the starters are sidelined, rookie Fabian Moreau will get the start opposite Dunbar.

Also listed as questionable are RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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Kelley is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chiefs on Oct. 2 but he has looked good while practicing on a limited basis this week. If he can’t go it seems likely that Samaje Perine will start in his place.

It should be noted that the term “questionable” on an injury report means that it is “uncertain if the player will play”. Many say that means that there is at least a 50 percent chance that the player will be active for the game. So there are a lot of scenarios that could unfold with that designation.

Reserve offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) and Tyler Catalina (concussion) also have been declared out for Monday night.

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