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Chris Thompson doesn't think Dan Snyder's involvement with Dwayne Haskins' injury was a big deal

Chris Thompson doesn't think Dan Snyder's involvement with Dwayne Haskins' injury was a big deal

Early in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants, Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was carted off with an ankle injury. But just minutes later, the rookie signal-caller returned to the sideline in full uniform and wanted to return to the game.

That's when Redskins owner Dan Snyder stepped in. Snyder came down from his owner's suite to check on his quarterback and advised Haskins to listen to the team's medical advice. The Redskins released a statement following the game that the team doctors did not clear the rookie to return to action.

Many Redskins fans were outraged on Twitter and over social media that Snyder became involved when dealing with an injury. With some of the injury history this team has (circa Robert Griffin III in 2012), it's understandable to some extent.

Redskins running back Chris Thompson was asked on The Sports Junkies whether Snyder's involvement was out of the norm, and the running back completely shot down that narrative.

"I mean, Haskins is the guy. He's the guy of the future," Thompson said. "So it would make sense to me for [Snyder] to go down and talk to him and tell him to be smart. That's the biggest thing. He's a competitive guy, so he's going to try and go back out there in the game, of course. That's the smart thing to do right now, in my opinion, is to sit back and chill."

The running back had a conversation with Haskins on the bench, and also told the rookie to not force his way back into the game when he clearly wasn't healthy enough to play.

"I sat by him, and he was like, 'Man, I want to go back in. I'm trying to go back in,'" Thompson said. "I was like, 'Nah, bro. You need to chill out. Let Case [Keenum] take it. Just chill out. Be smart.'"

Thompson also explained that when he was significantly injured earlier on in his career, Snyder came down to check on him as well.

"I remember when I hurt my ankle, had my ankle injured, he came out and he made sure I was taken care of and I was fine, stuff like that," Thompson said.

When Thompson needed to fly home to get surgery on his ankle, Snyder let the running back take his private jet to do so.

Prior to yesterday's game, Thompson was feeling ill and unsure if he was able to play. Snyder came down pregame to check on No. 25 and talked to the doctors to see what they could do to help Thompson feel better to play.

"Before the game, I was feeling terrible yesterday," Thompson said. "[Snyder] came into the locker room and was like 'I heard you're sick, what do you need? We need to get you something to get you through this game.' He was talking to the doctors and everything."

While many fans have their disliking with Snyder, almost every player has had only positive things to say about him. That even includes Trent Williams, who has only been positive when speaking of Snyder while he vowed to never play for the organization again.

"I think for me personally, he really does care about us. No guys have ever had any bad experience with him," Thompson said. "Every time I see him, he talks to me, he speaks to me. He asks me if I'm okay, if I'm feeling good. It's stuff like that behind the scenes that nobody sees and that's why guys like Trent [Williams] speak up for him."

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Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

For most NFL assistant coaches getting fired comes with the territory, but the key is being able to stay in the league and adapt. For former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that plan didn't work out. 

At least this time.

Manusky played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999, including three seasons in Washington, and has coached in the NFL in various capacities since 2001. He's served as a linebackers coach and as defensive coordinator for four different teams; the 49ers, the Colts, the Chargers and most recently the Redskins. 

That makes his new job all the more bizarre. After more than 30 years in the NFL in some capacity, Manusky moved to the college ranks, but not as a defensive coordinator. 

Manusky took a job at the University of Kentucky as a defensive quality control assistant.

Typically, quality control coaches are young guys starting out in their coaching careers. All coaches grind, but the QCs usually have to do serious grunt work. And Kentucky isn't exactly a football powerhouse. The Wildcats are best known for their elite basketball team, but the football program has been to four straight bowl games and won the Belk Bowl last year. 

It's unknown if Manusky has a connection to the program or to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, but Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White did serve on Mansuky's staff when he was running the Colts defense from 2012 to 2015. That could certainly be the connection. 

Of the former Redskins coaching staff now all of the main players have landed new jobs. Jay Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Kevin O'Connell is now the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Bill Callahan took over as the offensive line coach in Cleveland, and now Manusky is settled in at Kentucky. 

In 2019 the Redskins defense ranked in the bottom five NFL teams for points allowed and yards allowed and reports emerged of growing frustration with the team's defensive scheme. Washington overhauled their entire defensive staff this offseason, led by new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. 

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Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

With Coronavirus forcing most Americans to stay home, it looks like NFL players might be just as stir crazy as the rest of the country. 

On Friday night, free agent safety Damarious Randall reached out to Redskins safety Landon Collins about possibly joining up this fall and playing together. Of course, this conversation took place via Twitter.

Randall started things out with this tweet to Collins, aka @TheHumble_21.

Collins responded, at which point some segments of Washington fans probably lost their mind. 

Check the Twitter feeds of both players for more similar, yet quite vague, interaction about playing together. 

It's important to point out that some reports suggested the Redskins had interest in Randall as a free agent. A first-round pick in 2015, Randall played three seasons for the Packers before being traded to the Browns the last two years. He's been versatile throughout his career, playing all over the field as a cornerback and then as a safety in Cleveland. Randall also has ballhawking skills with 14 career interceptions in 56 starts. 

Before people get too excited, however, the Redskins just signed safety Sean Davis from Pittsburgh. The plan with Davis is to pair him up with Collins, allow Davis to play deep center and let Collins stay closer to the line of scrimmage. 

That's the plan. Accept that. 

Could Randall still help in a secondary that lost both Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar? Sure, but the price will need to be right. 

Washington's biggest free agent signing this year was cornerback Kendall Fuller, and he got four years at more than $40 million with $23.5 million in guarantees. Davis got $5 million. The team won't spend that much to bring Randall in, and he's probably looking for more. 

It's a situation to monitor as free agency continues because the Redskins' staff has openly talked about their desire for versatile players, and Randall can help all over the field. Keep in mind though that once Davis signed, the chances of Randall coming to Washington took a big hit. 

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