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Wisconsin QB Stave out for season

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Wisconsin QB Stave out for season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State.

Coach Bret Bielema announced the news Monday, two days after the Badgers' 16-13 overtime loss to the Spartans. Doctors determined the redshirt freshman would not need surgery to repair the injury.

``It probably will be an eight-week recovery, which takes him out of the regular season,'' Bielema said. ``There is an outside chance of something for the postseason, but that would be right on the edge of it. And everything, if it goes to plan, he should be 100 percent to go for spring ball. The good news is he's a freshman, so we have three years of eligibility remaining with him.''

Stave completed 70 of 118 attempts for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He threw three interceptions.

He was the top quarterback in spring practice, but junior transfer Danny O'Brien earned the starting slot in fall camp ahead of Stave and fifth-year senior Curt Phillips. Stave replaced O'Brien in the second half of Wisconsin's 37-26 victory against UTEP on Sept. 15 due to a handful of turnovers by O'Brien, and Bielema named Stave the starter going forward.

O'Brien and Phillips will vie for the starting spot for Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten), which has a bye week before playing Indiana (1-3, 3-5) on Nov. 10 in Bloomington. Freshman Chase Knox will be the Badgers' third option at the position.

O'Brien and Phillips will split snaps working with the No. 1 offense in practice this week and Bielema will choose a starter on Sunday, but won't announce his decision until early next week.

``Danny's had his shot a couple times this year,'' Bielema said. ``We'll take this bye week and pretty much give him and Curt equal reps and see where we're at on Sunday.''

O'Brien completed 52 of 86 attempts for three touchdowns in six games. He relieved Stave in the third quarter against Michigan State, completed 5 of 11 passes for 44 yards and was sacked three times.

Phillips was inserted for three plays in one series during the second quarter of the Badgers' 31-14 win against Illinois on Oct. 6. Prior to that appearance, he had not played in a game since the 2009 regular-season finale.

Phillips, who has undergone surgery three times to repair anterior cruciate ligament injuries to his right knee, has improved in regular-season practice despite slow progress in fall camp. He picked up pace during fall sessions when the Badgers practiced twice daily, and Bielema and offensive coordinator Matt Canada are pleased with Phillips' development.

``I would think he's actually gotten better with a limited amount of practice time,'' Bielema said. ``There's probably not a kid that's invested more time to get on the field than Curt Phillips. Matt has been intrigued with Curt ever since day one. He's got that `it' factor that quarterbacks need to have. It will be fun to see him really compete this week.''

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the second episode above and more here.

Many Redskins fans are hoping the team secures a defensive back in the first round by landing a guy like Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick. But if Washington opts to address a different position in Round 1, there'll be a quality safety available in the middle rounds in Terrell Edmunds.

Terrell, the brother of top-10 prospect Tremaine, is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now, the Redskins don't have a selection in the former, but a trade could change that. They pick 109th in the latter.

"Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position," writes NFL.com. "He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams."

With D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson, Washington's starting safety tandem is taken care of on paper. Nicholson was injured often as a rookie, though, so depth is needed behind him. And their special teams have been leaky for quite some time, providing the Virginia Tech Hokie a place to make an immediate impact while he works his way into the defensive rotation.

It's a rotation he would likely feel at home in, too. Edmunds is more than comfortable talking trash, so if he does become a Redskin, he'd fit right in alongside the likes of the fellow vocal guys like Swearinger, Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar.