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NFL Capsule: Redskins at Eagles

NFL Capsule: Redskins at Eagles

WASHINGTON (8-6) At PHILADELPHIA (4-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Redskins by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 9-5; Philadelphia 3-10-1

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 80-70-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Redskins No. 8; Eagles No. 29

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Eagles 31-6, Nov. 18

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Browns 38-21 ; Eagles lost to Bengals 34-13

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (18)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (6), PASS (30)

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (12), PASS (16)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Redskins can clinch first playoff berth since 2007 with win plus losses by Giants, Bears and Vikings. ... Redskins have share of first place in NFC East after 15 weeks for first time since 1999. ... Coach Mike Shanahan has 173 wins, including postseason. He's one win shy of tying Mike Holmgren for 11th all-time in NFL history. ... Redskins have scored 30 points seven times, team's most since doing so in eight games in 1991. ... RB Alfred Morris' 1,322 yards rushing seventh-best single-season total in team history. ... K Kai Forbath one field goal shy of tying Garrett Hartley's NFL record for consecutive field goals made to begin career (16). ... Redskins have seven TD passes of 50 yards or more (five by Robert Griffin III, two by Kirk Cousins). It's their most since seven in 1966, all by Sonny Jurgensen. ... QB Nick Foles' 1,356 yards passing second-highest total by Eagles rookie. He trails John Reaves (1,508 in 1972). ... WR Jeremy Maclin's 246 receptions are most by Eagles players in first four seasons. ... Eagles haven't intercepted pass in last eight games. ... Eagles have eight sacks in last two games after defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired. They had 20 in first 12. ... Last week, FB/TE Emil Igwenagu was 16th player to make NFL debut with Eagles this year. ... RB LeSean McCoy will start in first game back after missing four with concussion.

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman tests positive for COVID-19 with Opening Day 12 days away

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman tests positive for COVID-19 with Opening Day 12 days away

The New York Yankees could be without their top relief arm on Opening Night against the Nationals.

Manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for the coronavirus and will be away from the team “for the foreseeable future.” Chapman is the third Yankees player to contract the virus after infielder DJ LeMahieu and reliever Luis Cessa tested positive in early July.

Boone’s announcement comes 12 days before the Yankees are scheduled to take on the Nationals in D.C. to kick off MLB’s abbreviated 2020 season. New York will play three games against Washington in the only series between the two clubs this year.

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However, if any team is built to absorb the loss of its closer, it’s the Yankees. Boone said that reliever Zack Britton would be the “natural guy” to handle ninth-inning duties if Chapman isn’t ready for the start of the season. New York’s bullpen also includes Adam Ottavino, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle, each of whom—like Britton—would be a closer on most other teams.

On Friday, MLB and the players union announced that 28 of the 30 MLB teams had at least one player or staff member test positive for the coronavirus between intake screening and monitoring testing. Overall, 83 of the 11,149 samples collected have come back positive—a rate of 0.7 percent.

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Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick among several Nationals players still not in Summer Camp

Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick among several Nationals players still not in Summer Camp

WASHINGTON --More than a week into the Major League Baseball’s reboot, and its gleefully-named and grotesquely-sponsored Summer Camp, the Nationals are still in wait-and-see mode.

Two players tested positive for Coronavirus at intake screening. The team is not obligated to release their names and cannot do so without the player’s permission. So, what we do know is Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Howie Kendrick are among multiple players not yet in Nationals Park for workouts 12 days before the season is scheduled to begin.

Their health and safety is paramount. However, when they are not working with the team, the organization needs to formulate a baseball-specific plan to go forward without them, should the need arise. And, that time is close because the preparation window is closing.

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“Right now, we’re taking things one day at a time,” Davey Martinez said Saturday. “I’ve got to put eyes on these guys and see where they’re at. I know Soto was actually working out pretty good in the Dominican back home, so was Robles. I talked to those guys. We talked to the strength-and-conditioning guys. They think they’re in really good shape. They worked really hard. We’ll have to get them on the field.

“The biggest thing is they can be in great shape, but how much baseball shape have they done? To me, where something happens, if anybody strains an oblique, you’re looking at a significant amount of time. You’re probably looking at almost a whole season here with only 60 games. We got to be careful, we’ve got to see where they’re at. Then once they get here, we’ll determine whether they’re going to be ready or not.”

The Nationals have three exhibition games scheduled before the season opener against Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees. They can carry 30 players into that game. Martinez is trying to worry about who is in the stadium since he has no control over the clearances for the players who are not.

“We’re in a difficult situation,” Martinez said. “We really are with these guys. We’ve done everything we can. I know our strength guys have Zoomed with them and actually put them on some kind of workout program and watching them do what they can do in their apartment. You’re talking about some of our younger players, too. We don’t want to get them hurt. We’ve got to be smart. We’re also talking about a shorter season where we’ve got to win games right away. We’ll see how these guys come in and for me, it’s the baseball shape....Standing on their feet for seven, eight, nine innings.”

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Catcher Raudy Read played first base during Saturday’s intrasquad workout at Nationals Park. He was there in part because Read could well be a first baseman in the long-term. The Nationals also needed another body at the spot because Eric Thames -- their lone true first baseman available -- played for the opposing side.

The team variations spread across the infield and into the outfield because Soto, Robles and Luis Garcia remain in quarantine.

Martinez said “hopefully” the players in quarantine will be with the team soon. Even if they are, their window to be prepared for Cole is extremely limited, which is going to force the Nationals to start making contingency plans.