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After Twitter rant, Mason Foster met with Bruce Allen to clear the air

After Twitter rant, Mason Foster met with Bruce Allen to clear the air

After a flurry of tweets criticizing the Redskins front office during the last 24 hours, Mason Foster met with Bruce Allen Saturday morning to clear the air. 

"It's all good now," Foster said on Saturday. 

The situation bubbled up Friday afternoon when the Redskins announced Foster would move to the injured reserve due to a torn labrum. Foster had been playing through the injury since a Week 2 win in Los Angeles. 

Friday night and Saturday morning Foster tweeted a number of different times voicing anger and disappointment in the move to IR. After all, the linebacker had played through the injury the last three games and produced. Against Philadelphia last Monday night, Foster logged six tackles and half a sack. 

"It was one of those things where you get put on IR," Foster explained. "I was just Twitter ranting."

Foster explained that he should have talked to Allen before his Twitter rant, and that he apologized to the Redskins team president. Allen too offered an apology, per Foster, and explained that he should have sought out the player to explain the situation.

Playing with Tampa earlier in his career, Foster suffered a similar injury. He gutted through games playing hurt, and then the Bucs cut him. 

"I pretty much went through the same thing in Tampa. They let me go, they didn't sign me back after they had me play through a shoulder injury," Foster said. "That was my biggest fear. I didn't want that to happen now."

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Allen told Foster "we don't see you as that type of guy."

Foster said that Allen explained, "We're not on that 'use you until you can't go no more. We just want you to get healthy. We want what's best for you.'"

After speaking with Allen and others in the Washington front office, Foster feels much better about his situation with the team. 

He is scheduled to hit free agency after the season, and the move to IR will cost Foster some money. His contract had multiple trigger points for playing time incentives, but with the move to IR, that won't happen this season. 

In three seasons with the Redskins, Foster has been a productive linebacker. Fans have come to love the emotional player, and he's one of the more responsive players on social media. 

After the Twitter outburst, Foster is ready to turn the page. 

"It was me being emotional. I love to play football, they took it away from me. I should have handled the situation a different way," he said. "I feel like we're in a good place now."

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 21, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

How the addition of Alexander affects the Redskins' DB depth chart—Adonis Alexander was brought into the NFL about a week and a half ago and in five days he’ll be on the practice field in Richmond. How much will missing OTAs and minicamp hurt him in comparison to, say, his former Hokie teammate Greg Stroman? I think that the plan is for this to be a “redshirt” year for Alexander to learn. But that was supposed to be the plan for Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chase Roullier last year and both ended up playing key snaps. 

Can the Redskins defensive line live up to its potential? Many NFL fans don’t appreciate the value of having a good defensive line. Redskins fans are not in that group because they have seen what you get when you try to build a defensive line with over-the-hill veteran free agents, low draft picks, and undrafted players. Fans will value the talent, youth, and depth on the 2018 D-line.  

10 Questions in 10 days: LB depth chart—This is another area where the Redskins have not invested much in recent seasons. At least this year they stepped up and re-signed starters Mason Foster and Zach Brown. They are the present. Are Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons the future? 

The pass rush must continue to be a strength for the Redskins—With the picture at the cornerback position is somewhat murky right now, the pass rush will be critical, especially in the early going. The outside linebackers lost a key reserve, putting the burden on Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan to continue to get pressure on Ryan Anderson to take a leap forward in his second season. 

Tweet of the week

Well, this tweet did sort of stir things up as did some of the things that Cousins said in an article by Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report. The thing about Twitter is that there is no room for nuance. I was labeled a Kirk “hater” by some. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. On multiple occasions, I urged the team to sign him long term and highlighted the positive aspects of his play. 

But this thing about not having a “platform” to lead always struck me as a cop-out. Cousins talked about it during some press conferences while he was here. The length of your contract should not prevent you from embracing a leadership role. You’re getting paid to lead, just do it. Few in leadership positions in business or in the military know where they will be a year from now. They embrace the role while they have it and Cousins should have done the same. 

The fact that I don’t like this one aspect of Cousins doesn’t mean that I don’t like him overall. He’s a good quarterback and I think he will have success with the Vikings. I think that the price got to be too much for the Redskins and the decision to move on to Alex Smith was sound or at least the best they could do after it became apparent that he was not going to sign here. But it’s not all one or the other. It is possible to see the positive and negative of Cousins. 

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Timeline

Mike Sellers, whose seven receiving touchdowns in 2005 were the most by a Redskins running back since the merger, was born on this date in 1975.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 5
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 19
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 42

The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 50 days. 

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond.