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Redskins sign Arie Kouandijo and Orlando Franklin, release Mack Brown


Redskins sign Arie Kouandijo and Orlando Franklin, release Mack Brown

The Redskins have added some reinforcements to their banged-up offensive line including a familiar face.

The Redskins have signed G Orlando Franklin and have brought back G Arie Kouandjio. Franklin has started 89 games with the Broncos and Chargers since he was drafted by Denver in the second round in 2011.

Kouandjio was a fourth-round pick of the Redskins in 2015. He started two games last year. The Alabama product was with the team this offseason and in training camp before the was released in the cut to 53 on September 2. He was signed off the Ravens practice squad.

Center Spencer Long has been declared out of tomorrow’s game against the Cowboys and three other starters, tackles Trent Williams (knee) and Morgan Moses (ankles) and guard Brandon Scherff) are listed as questionable. In addition, backup tackle Ty Nsekhe (core muscle injury) also is out and reserve guard Tyler Catalina (concussion) is questionable.

It’s possible that Kouandjio will be active tomorrow to fill in for an interior line emergency. Tony Bergstrom, a veteran who signed with the Redskins earlier this week, is also an option in the interior line.

To make room for the two linemen, the Redskins put LB Mason Foster on injured reserve, a move that Jay Gruden announced yesterday, and waived RB Mack Brown.

The release of Brown could rile some Redskins fans, who have been calling for him to help with a struggling running game. The Redskins needed the roster spot and Brown likely would have been inactive tomorrow anyway. It would be surprising if the Redskins didn’t bring him back soon, either to the practice squad or to the 53-man roster.

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.



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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


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.