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Dwayne Haskins playing through pain Sunday gave Redskins fans flashbacks to RGIII

Dwayne Haskins playing through pain Sunday gave Redskins fans flashbacks to RGIII

During their Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins rookie and potential franchise quarterback played much of the game through a considerable leg injury.

Stop me if you've heard this before.

In the second quarter of Sunday's loss, Dwayne Haskins sprained his ankle after being rolled up on by Packers pass rusher Preston Smith. Haskins has a noticeable limp for the rest of the game, was quite immobile in the pocket, and his throwing mechanics were clearly affected by the injury.

When asked postgame about the injury, both Haskins and interim head coach Bill Callahan insisted that there was never any consideration of removing the rookie signal-caller from the game, as long as he was medically cleared.

This sparked plenty of debate. There was the crowd that believes Haskins did the right thing by playing through pain, something that's inevitable in the violent game of football.

But there's also a large contingent of people that think it was absolute malpractice by not removing the expected future of the franchise from a game that was practically meaningless in terms of the final standings, risking further injury or another, more serious injury by continuing to play.

What they really mean is people who think the latter had flashbacks to 2012 with Robert Griffin III. Griffin led Washington to a 10-6 record in 2012, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year award honors. But that year's No. 2 overall pick injured his right knee against the Ravens late in the season and continued to play through serious pain in a hefty knee brace down the stretch.

The direction fo the franchise completely shifted during the Redskins wild card playoff loss to the Seahawks, where Griffin tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee. Now the Ravens backup QB, Griffin has yet to experience the same success he had in the NFL prior to his major injury.

On the Redskins Talk Podcast following Sunday's loss, JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler, and Pete Hailey discussed whether Callahan made the right move by leaving Haskins in the game.

Finlay and Hailey believe that Haskins probably should have been pulled.

"I was shocked we didn't see Case [Keenum] in the second half," Hailey said. "A sprained ankle on its own isn't that bad. But when it's a sprained ankle on your prized rookie quarterback, and he tells us afterward that it was affected his ability to escape and get away, that sprained ankle could have led to a much more serious injury."

"I think everyone felt for a period of time that it was irresponsible to have Haskins on the field," Finlay said. "He was taking shots, looked incredibly immobile. Early on in the third quarter when the kid can barely move, you got to take him off the field.

"You couldn't help but have RGIII on your mind," Finlay said.

Tischler thinks Callahan made the right call by leaving Haskins in the game.

"I don't know, I never had the feeling that it was irresponsible," he said. "I remember the RGIII days, and I remember feeling like it was irresponsible."

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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