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Bills TE Caussin informed he'll be placed on IR

Bills TE Caussin informed he'll be placed on IR

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills tight end Mike Caussin says he's been informed by the team that he'll be placed on season-ending injured reserve because his surgically repaired right knee has not yet fully healed.

Caussin revealed the news to The Associated Press before practice Monday, the final day in which the Bills had to determine whether to activate Caussin. The second-year player opened the season on the unable-to-perform/reserve list, which provided him a three-week window to return to the active roster after Week 8.

Caussin accepted the team's decision, saying his knee was not yet strong enough to handle the extra workload of practice over the past three weeks.

He had surgery in January after tearing two ligaments in a 40-14 win over Denver on Dec. 24.

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Redskins vs. Texans Inactives: Quartet of stars out for Week 11

Redskins vs. Texans Inactives: Quartet of stars out for Week 11

The Redskins enter another pivotal game without the services of some of the team's top playmakers.

When the Redskins take on the Texans in Week 11 at FedEx Field, Washington will be without All-Pro left tackle, Trent Williams, starting wide receiver Jamison Crowder,  dynamic backfield star Chris Thompson, and starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

Also joining the quartet of top stars on the inactives are RB Samaje Perine, LB Pernell McPhee and DL Caleb Brantley.

Byron Marshall will fill in for Thompson and Ty Nsekhe will start in Williams' spot. Trey Quinn also makes his return to the lineup, and will fill in for Crowder.

The Texans' inactives are as follows:

- CB DeAnte Burton
- CB Aaron Colvin
- ILB Zach Cunningham
- OLB Duke Ejiofor|
- DE Joel Heath
- WR Vyncint Smith
- DE Carlos Watkins

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Despite all the challenges of the early season, Reirden’s promotion still a ‘dream come true’

Despite all the challenges of the early season, Reirden’s promotion still a ‘dream come true’

Since taking over as the head coach of the Washington Capitals, Todd Reirden has had to deal with Tom Wilson getting suspended, a number of injuries and a team-wide Stanley Cup hangover.

So how would he describe the start to his first season as an NHL coach?

“It’s obviously a dream come true,” Reirden told NBC Sports Washington in a recent interview.

Reirden’s playing career came to an end in Europe in 2007, but his coaching career really began in 2004 while he was a player with the Houston Aeros of the AHL. Out with an injury, head coach Todd McLellan encouraged Reirden to take more of a coaching role with the team. It didn’t take long for Reirden to realize his real future in the game was as a coach and not as a player.

Reirden climbed the ranks as a coach from college, to the AHL and finally to the NHL. He spent the last eight seasons in the NHL behind the bench as an assistant and associate coach before finally getting the opportunity to become a head coach.

“Something when you start coaching just as I used to think about as a player, was the ultimate was to be able to play at the highest level,” Reirden said. “I was able to do that as a player and now able to see that dream come true as a coach. First things first is it's been amazing from that standpoint.”

The history of the NHL – and all professional sports for that matter – is full of assistant coaches who just could not make the transition from assistant to head coach. There is no doubt Reirden knows what he’s doing when it comes to the development of players and on-ice strategy. The last few years working with the Caps as an assistant and then associate coach have shown us that.

But being a head coach is about more than just what happens on the ice. That’s the part that first-year head coaches seem to struggle with initially.

“How everything works behind the scenes in terms of organizationally, dealing with the salary cap and sending down players, keeping them on board and the constant contact with Hershey,” Reirden said. “You spend a lot of time on those type of things. It's been a little bit of a transition too I would say with two new staff members in terms of how I'm delegating responsibility and empowering them in their particular areas. That's probably been the things that have been the most different for me.

“The hockey part, the coaching part, talking to the players in between periods, the media, that stuff has all gone really smoothly,” Reirden said. “No real transition there. But I'd say more the stuff behind the scenes is the stuff that's been a little bit different than expected.”

Reirden is certainly getting a crash course on roster construction given the recent spate of injuries and recalls. That has unquestionably affected the play of the team and is a major reason why the Caps have looked so inconsistent to start the season. It is not how Reirden would have scripted his first season to start.

But even with everything his first season has thrown at him and a 9-7-3 record, Reirden still feels like he is exactly where he wants to be.

“Every day is a chance for me to grow and get better and get used to responsibilities as a head coach,” Reirden said. “So it's been a lot of fun and definitely a challenge, but something I love and wouldn't trade places with anybody in the world for.”

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