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Redskins Playbook: 3 things to beware of before Kirk Cousins tag deadline

Redskins Playbook: 3 things to beware of before Kirk Cousins tag deadline

Quite a day on tap for Redskins fans. For the second straight season quarterback Kirk Cousins and the team have been unable to push forward on a long-term contract, and now, the two sides have only until 4 p.m. to get something done. If no contract gets signed by that time, Cousins will play 2017 on a one-year $24 million franchise tag.

There will be a lot of information, and misinformation, that gets floated about on Monday. Here are three things to watch for:

  1. #FakeNews - This is not a political joke. Seriously, if you see that first report on Twitter that Cousins and the Redskins reached a deal, make sure it's not a fake account. Take the extra second and look at the handle before you hit the RT button. Adam Schefter? Trust. Adarn Schefter? Don't.
  2. Don't watch the clock - Odds are this thing will wrap up by the 4 p.m. deadline, and probably before. There is a chance, however, that actual news could come out after the deadline. If a deal gets reached, the paperwork and proper notifications have to run through the NFL office in New York. Occasionally, and often during roster cuts in late August, news comes out after suggested timeframes. 
  3. Social media official - It's reasonably safe to expect a tweet from Kirk Cousins or his agent Mike McCartney once the situation has finalized. That has happened in the past. So, if you must get the info ASAP, check out @KirkCousins8 or @MikeMcCartney7

Remember, there is little reason to believe a deal gets done. Try not to stress too much today Redskins fans. 


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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.