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Bengals' OT calls some Raiders 'cowards'

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Bengals' OT calls some Raiders 'cowards'

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth called some of the Oakland Raiders ``cowards'' for hitting him during an on-field skirmish.

Whitworth said on Wednesday that he hadn't yet received a fine from the NFL. He expects a significant one later in the week. Whitworth and Raiders linemen Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly were ejected in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati's 34-10 win on Sunday.

Whitworth hopes that veterans on the Raiders correct teammates who hit him and gouged his eyes during the scrum.

``I'd hope there would be guys on their team that would address that, but it is what it is,'' Whitworth said. ``You've got guys that want to make names for themselves and can't, and then they get frustrated. It's their opportunity to do something they feel and be tough, but that ain't tough. Face-to-face is tough.

``Most of those guys, they are what they are - they're cowards. And if they really wanted to have an issue with you, they'd address you. But they obviously don't.''

The brawl started after one of the Bengals' plays was whistled dead because of a false start. Houston tackled quarterback Andy Dalton after the whistle, and Whitworth confronted the lineman, going facemask-to-facemask.

``To be honest with you, if that situation happened again, I would still confront the guy,'' Whitworth said. ``And what I still believe - and why I called those guys cowards - is Lamarr Houston and I simply grabbed each other and were shoving, and that's all it would have been.

``But the other guys that jumped in and started swinging and throwing a bunch of punches and doing things to try to get ahold of us - that were taking cheap shots on me - that's what makes it a fight.''

Whitworth and Houston were ejected for their confrontation. Kelly was ejected for coming off the bench to join in. Other players could receive fines once the league finishes reviewing video.

The brawl ended with Whitworth on his back, Houston and Kelly on top of him. Whitworth hasn't watched video of it.

``Guys were trying to eye-gouge me, all that stuff,'' he said. ``I don't know (who it was). Like I said, I haven't watched the film. If I watch it, I'll go find those people, so I really don't want to know.''

The NFL can penalize players for going into a skirmish, a way to keep the situation from escalating.

``They say you even are fined for peacemaking,'' said Whitworth, the team's union representative. ``So they don't want anybody to enter a fight area, which doesn't make any sense.

``I mean, if you can't protect your own guy, then the guys that are taking cheap shots need to either be suspended, fined heavily or something done for taking those kinds of cheap shots.''

Whitworth said he's gotten a lot of support from teammates, fans and other NFL players for standing up for his quarterback.

``All throughout town, I haven't been able to go anywhere without somebody saying something to me,'' Whitworth said. ``Different guys I know across the league were texting me and stuff. So guys love it, they support it.''

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NOTES: C Kyle Cook practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, his first workout since he hurt his right ankle in the final preseason game and had surgery. Cook is on injured reserve, but can return if he's healthy. He has a three-week roster exemption. ``Everything is good to go,'' Cook said. ``Now we just take it day by day and see how it feels.'' ... WR Andrew Hawkins (knee), CB Terence Newman (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (neck) and DT Pat Sims (thigh) also were limited in practice.

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 19, seven days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass rushers are up. They are roughly ranked by Pro Football Focus’ pass rush productivity metric, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this we looked at the best teamsreceivers,running backs, and quarterbacks

1. Calais Campbell, Jaguars—If he gets a sack against the Redskins in Week 15, many fans will once again rue draft day in 2008 when the Redskins took both WR Devin Thomas and TE Fred Davis in the second round while Campbell was still on the board. He has been a consistent pass rusher since coming into the league, averaging eight sacks a season. Campbell is coming off of a career-high 14.5. 

2. Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys—He had nine career sacks going into last year and then he broke out in a big way with 14.5. He got three sacks against the Redskins last year and has five in six career games. He actually ranked ahead of Campbell in the PFF pass rush metric, but I put Campbell ahead of him because we’re not sure if Lawrence is a great pass rusher or if he just peaked in his contract year. 

3. Chandler Jones, Cardinals—He posted double-digit sacks in four of the last five years including a league-leading 17 last season. His 2017 performance earned him first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. Jones does more than get sacks. He has 16 career forced fumbles; only five players have forced more since he came into the league in 2012.

4. J.J. Watt, Texans—Injuries have limited him to eight games over the past two seasons. Even if the missed time has him beneath his peak years of 2012-2015, when he was first-team All-Pro every year and defensive player of the year three times, he will be difficult to deal with. 

5. Brian Orakpo, Titans—His career with the Redskins was a mixed bag, with two Pro Bowls and two seasons with double-digit sacks. After Orakpo missed 23 games from 2012-2015, the Redskins didn’t make him a competitive contract offer and he left to sign with the Titans. He hasn’t missed a game in three seasons in Tennessee and has averaged eight sacks per season. 

Best of the rest: Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars; Clay Matthews, Packers; Vic Beasley, Falcons; Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers; Cam Jordan, Saints

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Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams was born on this date in 1988.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 7
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 21
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 44

The Redskins last played a game 200 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 52 days. 

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

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