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After holding back tears, Adrian Peterson made sure to support Derrius Guice following new injury

After holding back tears, Adrian Peterson made sure to support Derrius Guice following new injury

The meniscus injury Derrius Guice suffered in Week 1 against the Eagles obviously affected him, considering how much he did to be healthy for this season and be named the Redskins' starting running back. 

But the news also really got to Adrian Peterson, the guy who lost his starting job to Guice once the second-year pro was able to fully return. 

So, Peterson processed it himself. Quickly, though, he made sure to check on his young teammate who's already been through a lot in the NFL.

"Had the opportunity to talk to him and sent him a message as well," Peterson told JP Finlay in an exclusive Redskins Talk interview. "It hurt my heart. I had to hold back tears. To see it in his face, and just how — the disgust in his face, I could tell that he was down. I remember the first thing I said to him was, 'Hey, keep your head up. Keep your head up.' Talked to him, just kind of watched him to see how he was carrying himself."

When Peterson was benched in the opener in Philly, it was easy to assume that he might somewhat resent Guice getting the main role over him. Yet throughout the whole offseason and that storyline, Peterson never once diminished Guice's ability or position on the depth chart.

According to how much the vet is checking on the 22-year-old, it sure sounds like they're quite close, in fact.

"Then I texted him [Tuesday] a long message, just encouraging him, and let him know that you never know why things happen," Peterson said. "Back-to-back years, dealing with an injury, we don't know how severe it is, you just got to make the best out of the situation. Thinking 'why?' or having that negative energy is not going to help you come back."

As Peterson said, the extent of Guice's recent knee issue isn't yet clear. Indications are that he will be sidelined for at least a couple of contests. Peterson wants to make sure he uses whatever time he has to take in a productive way.

"You should be focusing all your energy on what are you going to do to be able to get back and come back and be better than you were before?" the future Hall of Famer said. "He reached back out and said what he had to say. It's a brotherhood, it's all love."



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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.