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Redskins' Josh Norman outraged over postgame drug test

Redskins' Josh Norman outraged over postgame drug test

Cornerbacks know this better than anyone on the field: Timing is everything. And the timing of an NFL drug test has Redskins corner Josh Norman heated. 

Norman was asked to submit to a drug test immediately after the Redskins' 27-23 loss to the Cowboys Sunday. He vented his frustrations in his locker room comments. 

"I don't like how the NFL has us drug test right after the game. I don't understand that. It's crazy," he said. "I don't have anything left in the tank, yet they want you to drug test. It's crazy. I don't understand it."

"Shoot, we can't wait until tomorrow?"

Norman said drug testing immediately after games was new this season. 


"This is the first time. [The NFL] started it this year," he said. "I don't get it. I really don't. What's a day going to do? 24 hours? It's stupid." 

Here are three pertinent excerpts from the 2015 version of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances (emphasis added):

• "Specimens may be collected on any day of the week, except that the collection of blood specimens will be prohibited on game days."

• "Specimen collections occurring at a Club facility, stadium or scouting combine venue will be conducted at the discretion of the Independent Administrator and Collection Vendor without advance notice to the Player. Upon notification that he has been selected for testing, the Player shall furnish a specimen to the authorized specimen collector as soon as possible, but in no event more than three (3) hours following notification."

• "For specimen collections occurring away from the Club facility, the Independent Administrator and Collection Vendor may in their discretion contact the Player by telephone or voicemail or text message to notify him that he has been selected and schedule a collection time within twenty-four (24) hours at a site not more than forty-five (45) miles from the Player’s location"

At least according to the 2015 version of this testing policy, Norman would have had three hours to provide the sample and could have been notified ahead of time that he was selected for testing. 

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.