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Haslett: Harvin 'can do everything'

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Haslett: Harvin 'can do everything'

When Jim Haslett stepped to the podium Thursday, he joked that his weekly news conference had him stressed out.

So, naturally, the first question posed to the defensive coordinator was whether Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin had him stressed out, too. Haslett played along, cracking: “Oh, yes he does.”

And for good reason.

Harvin ranks 11th in the NFL in receiving yards with 407, and leads the league in yards after the catch with 329 for Minnesota, which is off to a surprising 4-1 start. The 24-year-old from Chesapeake, Va., also has three touchdowns -- one on a kickoff return, one receiving and one rushing.

“Harvin might be the best athlete in the NFL,” Haslett said. “He can do everything. They put him everywhere. He’s up to something all the time. They find ways to get him the ball. He can throw the ball, run it, return."

"He’s fun to watch unless you have to play him," he added. "Then he’s not so fun.”

Harvin, of course, won’t be the only player the Redskins will be preoccupied with Sunday as they attempt to end an eight-game losing streak at FedEx Field. Ryan Kerrigan and Co. will also have to contend with running back Adrian Peterson (420 yards rushing) and quarterback Christian Ponder (6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.)

Haslett said another key will finishing the game strong – something the Redskins (2-3) have failed to do thus far.

“This is going to be one of those four-hour games where you have to fight all day,” Haslett said. “You can do a good job in the first quarter. You can do a good job in the second quarter. You can hang around in the third quarter, then they’ll break three or four open in the fourth. This is all day fight.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.