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Adrian Peterson surprised by report on Trent Williams' frustration with Redskins

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Adrian Peterson surprised by report on Trent Williams' frustration with Redskins

In what seems to be an occurrence that grows more common for the Redskins by the day, another session of summer workouts was clouded by a lingering story off the field. A day after the initial story on Trent Williams holding out of mandatory minicamp broke, a new wrinkle was added on Wednesday.

Initial speculation tied Williams' absence to his contract situation, but there are now rumors circulating that the offensive lineman is holding out due to frustration with the way the team handled an injury diagnosis and that he wants to be traded or released, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Running back Adrian Peterson is as close to Williams as anyone, as the two have formed a tight bond since their days together at Oklahoma. To him, the news was somewhat of a puzzling surprise. 

“I don’t know where that came from. I talk to Trent all the time and that’s not something I’ve heard come out his mouth," Peterson said on Wednesday. "So, I don’t know.”

“There’s always going to be different reports out, you never know what to believe," Peterson added.

Peterson would not go into specifics on what the two have talked about, or what Williams has told him about his situation, opting to keep that between them. 

What Peterson would talk about was the importance of having Williams remain with the team. Much like Jay Gruden said in his press conference, AP hopes his protector up front comes back soon.

"Obviously, he’s a big part, probably the biggest part of this team and offensively what we do," Peterson said. "You got that security with him there.”

As for now, Williams' situation seems to be creating more questions than answers. For a team just embarking on a new season, a lot of unnecessary headaches can stem from the outside drama.

Yet Peterson, as much as he wants his good friend back, has other things to tend to. Having gone through similar experiences throughout his NFL career, he's prepared to let Williams take care of business off the field while he continues to improve on it. In the end, Peterson does believe that Williams will return. 

“I’m focused on being here, going through the reps and getting my reps in and just putting the work in. I’m not focused on that process. I’ve been there, I’ve done that so I know how it goes.”


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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.


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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.