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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

On Wednesday, we broke down a few key storylines ahead of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Cowboys. Today, we’re glancing back at how they unfolded at Cowboys Stadium: 

1—London Fletcher’s availability and impact. The 37-year-old linebacker extended his consecutive games streak to 235 games, despite a sprained left ankle he suffered only five days earlier. 

Fletcher played in 57 of the Redskins’ 76 snaps on defense before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating the same ankle. He missed the final two Cowboys' series. But before leaving the game, Fletcher made four tackles and milestone interception in the third quarter. His pick off halted a Cowboys’ drive, preserved the Redskins’ 28-6 edge and made Fletcher only the third active player to post 20 interception and 30 sacks. (Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are the others.)

“I wanted to be able to finish the game,” said Fletcher, who left sporting an immobilizing boot. “It will definitely be good for me to have 11 days before we have to play again.”

He added: “I gave it all I could until it finally gave out on me. I just couldn’t go anymore. I didn’t feel like I could be effective. It would have been selfish to go out there and keep playing.”

Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide an update on Fletcher’s condition Monday afternoon.

2—The Redskins entered the game as the NFL’s most penalized team at 8.8 infractions per game. But they were flagged only five times for a total of 41 yards – a week after being assessed 13 penalties for 80 yards against the Eagles.

Against the Cowboys, they were penalized twice in the opening 1:03 (intentional grounding by Robert Griffin III and pass interference on Josh Wilson). The final three infractions were false starts on Aldrick Robinson, Niles Paul and Trent Williams. (An offside call on Barry Cofield was declined in the fourth quarter.)

The Redskins’ penalties per game (8.5) still ranks last, but their total Thursday marked the second fewest number of infractions they incurred this season.

3—In the span of five days, the Redskins ended some streaks no team wants to be associated with. Against the Eagles, they beat a rookie quarterback for the first time in nine games and won after the bye week for the first time in three tries under Mike Shanahan and first time in five games overall.

On Thursday, they beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the first time in seven attempts and won a game on turkey day for only the second time in franchise history.

Some folks believe stats such as these are media-driven drivel. If you’re one of them, you’ve got something else to be thankful for today: You’ll no longer have to read about them.

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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.