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Jay Gruden says Redskins will examine team's injury prevention program

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Jay Gruden says Redskins will examine team's injury prevention program

The numbers are staggering.

The Redskins finished the season with 20 players on injured reserve. There were a few more who spent some time on IR who were waived. Starters and key reserves missed a combined 145 games.

The injuries that caused missed games hit from head (concussions suffered by S Montae Nicholson, TE Niles Paul, and others) to toe (DL Terrell McClain) and just about everywhere in between.

Were all of the injuries just simply bad luck? Certainly, some of them were. But could many of them have been prevented? Safety D.J. Swearinger, who came to the team in March after playing for three different teams in four years in the league, thinks so.

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“I’ve been on a team where a lot of guys got injured but I’ve never been on one with this many injured because we’re not in shape or not doing the things we need to do to stay on the field,” said Swearinger. “Some injuries are freak injuries, you can’t control them. Pulls and strains and things like that you can sort of control those things with hydration, getting your treatment when you don’t need it, little things like that can definitely control those smaller injuries.”

Swearinger has some credibility when it comes to being able to stay on the field. He was on the injury report just once this year. In his previous four seasons in the league, he missed just two games with a toe injury.

Ryan Kerrigan also is someone to whom everyone should listen on the subject of injury prevention. He has started every game since the Redskins drafted him in 2011, a streak of 112 regular-season games.

The Redskins’ 2017 sack leader said that he tries to incorporate something different into his offseason regime every year, whether it’s something like improving his flexibility or taking a food allergy test to see what he needed to change in his diet. This offseason he plans to follow up on a tip he got from 13-year veteran tight end Vernon Davis, who has missed just five games since becoming the starter in San Francisco in 2007.

“He said he takes care of himself the same way in the offseason as he does in the season,” Kerrigan said of his conversation with Davis. “That was something that really kind of struck me, kind of stuck with me. You start to think, during the season you do all of this stuff to take care of your body and maintain. Out of season you lift and you run but you might not do as much of the chiropractic work and cold tub and stuff like that. I think that’s key not only for guys like myself with eight years in the league but also young guys can develop those habits.”

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Jay Gruden said that the organization will take a look at all aspects of injury prevention and treatment to see if they can improve their chances of keeping players on the field.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that’s something we have to take a close look at, whether it’s recovery after games, whether it’s how to prevent injuries, how we practice, what have you,” said Gruden during his year-end press conference on Tuesday.

Gruden went on to say that many of the injuries the team suffered were just football injuries that really can’t be avoided. But he said that he will not write it the mountain of injuries off to bad luck.

“How many of them are actually preventable?” he asked rhetorically? “That’s what we have to look at.”

Gruden said that he didn’t anticipate any changes being made to the training staff. They will look at everything they can do to keep the players on the field.

“What we can do though is do a better job maybe of the postgame recovery or give them some more options as far as maybe, I don’t know, yoga, Pilates, I don’t know what it is,” he said. “Could be something. We’ll look into everything we can.”

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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Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

MOBILE — Kirk Cousins remains the best option to be the Redskins quarterback of the future, but that future isn't very secure. For the past two seasons, Washington has been unable to get a long-term deal done with Cousins and optimism is low heading into the 2018 negotiating period. 

At this point, after consecutive franchise tags, it might be time for the Redskins to look at options beyond Cousins. Colt McCoy is under contract for 2018, and head coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly voiced confidence in the famed Texas product. 

Big picture, however, the Redskins need to find their QB for 2018, and beyond. Perhaps that will be Cousins, but it's time for serious due diligence. 

That means the Washington contingent heading to Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl needs to be watching the quarterbacks. And there's a lot to watch. 

Senior Bowl rosters are loaded with future NFL talent at all different positions. NBC Sports will have much more on that later in the week, but to kick things off, start with the passers. 

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  • 1) Baker Mayfield - Nobody will have a brighter light on them in Mobile than Mayfield. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner made big splashes on the field for Oklahoma, posting video game numbers. He threw for more than 4,600 yards in 14 games to go with 43 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He completed a crazy 70 percent of his throws, which is very high for a college passer. There was some off-field immaturity, and a February 2017 arrest, but those issues aren't expected to cause him to slide in the draft. A number of draft experts predict Washington drafting Mayfield with the 13th overall pick, but there will be plenty of teams ahead of the Redskins that need a passer. Mobile will give the Redskins brass a chance to meet and learn who Mayfield is off the field, and that will be vitally important, along with figuring out if there are reasons to be concerned about his height on the pro football level. 
  • 2)  Josh Allen - Big arm and traditional pocket passer, Allen will ace the eyeball test from talent evaluators. His 2017 numbers from Wyoming will not, however, and he will need a strong showing at pre-draft workouts. Mel Kiper suggested Allen could go as high as No. 1 overall, and at 6-foot-5, 230 lbs., there is clearly not a lack of physical talent. In his last two seasons at Wyoming, Allen threw for more than 5,000 yards along with 44 TDs against 21 INTs. Don't try too hard to compare Mayfield and Allen's stats, as comparing the talent and situations at Oklahoma and Wyoming are wildy different. Many NFL scouts love Allen, but some worry about his accuracy. In college, he completed just 56 percent of his passes. He may be a boom or bust type pick, but after the success of Carson Wentz coming out of North Dakota State, teams will be more willing to roll the dice on the Wyoming Cowboy in Allen. 
  • 3) Mason Rudolph - Upstaged by Mayfield's success at Oklahoma, Rudolph put together a terrific season of his own at Oklahoma State. A prolific passer for three seasons in Stillwater, as a senior, Rudolph tossed 37 TDs against nine interceptions along with nearly 5,000 passing yards. At 6-foot-5, Rudolph faces no questions about NFL size, and he certainly has a strong enough arm to play in the pros. Rudolph won't be practicing at the Senior Bowl but is expected to interview with NFL teams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has said before the interviews are arguably the most important part of the pre-draft process, and this could be a big meeting. Rudolph isn't expected to go quite as high as Allen or Mayfield, and could even be drafted in the back half of the first round. 

There will be other quarterbacks playing in Mobile, including Washington State's Luke Falk, Nebraska's Tanner Lee, Virginia's Kurt Benkert, Troy's Brandon Silvers, Western Kentucky's Mike White and Kyle Lauletta of the University of Richmond. There is some intrigue surrounding Lauletta and White, especially as small school QBs continue to thrive in the NFL and both passers have NFL size and play best from the pocket. Not for nothing, Bruce Allen played football at Richmond too. 

It's a little weird that both Allen and Mayfield are on the same team, splitting reps in practice and snaps in the game. Then again Allen might not even play, so it could be irrelevant. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the week for updates from the Senior Bowl. 

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.