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Bruce Allen's 'dismissive' reaction to Trent Williams' problems was a huge turning point

Bruce Allen's 'dismissive' reaction to Trent Williams' problems was a huge turning point

If there's anyone still out there holding on to hope that Trent Williams will eventually play for the Redskins again, it's time to abandon that hope. 

In a long USA TODAY story written by Mike Jones that was published on Friday, Williams reiterated how he has no faith in the franchise or its medical staff as well as how angry he is with how Bruce Allen has handled the entire situation.

"The bridge has definitely been burned," Williams told Jones. 

According to Williams, he voiced concerns to team doctors about the growth on his head, a growth that would prove to be cancerous, numerous times. Each time, doctors downplayed the seriousness of the growth. 

Then, per the story, Allen was "dismissive" in how he reacted to the issue. That's when Williams really lost faith in the Redskins and requested a trade. 

That trade, of course, hasn't come yet and won't until the offseason, at least. On Thursday, Washington placed the left tackle on the NFI List, allowing the team to withhold the player's salary if they choose.

Williams isn't just upset about Allen's initial reaction. Williams also believes Allen has been behind many of the leaks about the dispute. It sounds like their relationship is totally beyond repair, which is something that's been reported since training camp.

Now, some have wondered why Williams asked the NFLPA not to cooperate in a third-party review of his medical records, which the Redskins requested. Skeptics believe Williams knows a review would harm his case against the organization, but Williams explained to USA TODAY he simply doesn't feel like their request was "genuine."

"They're not doing it to find out what went wrong," he said. "They're doing it to cover their butts."

Williams still has the desire to play football and even mentioned he feels like he may have five or so quality years left in him. If No. 71 ever puts on a jersey again, though, it most certainly won't be a Burgundy and Gold one.

"I felt like things could have been resolved," he said to Jones, "but then the Redskins resorted to the blame game."

That apparent blame game has cost the Redskins their best player of the decade. Odds are, it'll cost them the chance at landing plenty of other quality players in the future, too.

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

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Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

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Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson could go down as one of the NFL's all-time greats without ever having to play another snap in the NFL.

But as the running back gears up for his 14th NFL season and his third with the Redskins, he has one specific goal in mind.

"Passing Barry Sanders would definitely be one of the highlights of my career," Peterson said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk. "What he accomplished, and how I’ve looked up to him, I’ve always wanted to say I did something better than Barry Sanders."

What the 35-year-old running back is referring to is passing Sanders on the all-time career rushing yards list. Peterson, who has amassed over 14,000 rushing yards in his career, currently trails the Lions great by 1,054 yards.

As it stands now, Peterson is fifth all-time in career rushing yards, trailing only Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

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Moving past Sanders in 2020 might be a tough ask, as Peterson has not topped 1,054 yards in a single-season since 2015, where he rushed for a league-best 1,485 yards with the Vikings. The running back came close to topping that mark in 2018, when he finished with 1,042 yards in his first season in Washington.

Peterson has been the lead back for Washington the past two seasons, starting 31 of a possible 32 games for the team. But with a new regime in place in 2020 and a crowded backfield, it's unlikely that Peterson will turn in a third-straight 200-carry season.

Last season, Peterson went on record to say his goal is still to break Smith's all-time rushing yards record. Peterson currently sits just over 4,000 yards behind the Cowboys legend.

"Yeah, why not?" Peterson said. "I'm still playing the game at a high level, and I feel like I can continue to play for a long period of time. So why not keep my bar at reaching 18 [thousand yards] and surpassing Emmitt Smith?"

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