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Jordan Reed owns the Cowboys. Will he be cleared to play against them Sunday?

Jordan Reed owns the Cowboys. Will he be cleared to play against them Sunday?

If ever there was a week the Redskins need tight end Jordan Reed back on the field, it is this one.

Reed’s mission in life is to make the Dallas Cowboys miserable. He’s done it his whole career. Coming off a disheartening 17-point blown lead in a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington could use a little of Reed’s magic when it hosts Dallas at FedEx Field on Sunday. 

But that’s complicated by the preseason concussion that sidelined Reed late in August and kept him out of the opener. His history of six concussions is well documented dating back to his college days at the University of Florida and in the NFL. There’s a legitimate concern whether Reed’s career should even continue. 

But that’s his decision once doctors clear him to play. Reed was listed as “limited” all last week during practice and he drew a “questionable” tag last Friday before getting scratched a day before the Eagles game on Saturday. 

But Reed appears on track to play against Dallas. Reserve tight end J.P. Holtz, active against Philadelphia, was released on Tuesday. Reed was again listed as “limited” at Wednesday’s practice, but he participated in more team drills, which is also seen as a positive sign that he will join fellow tight ends Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle on Sunday. 

Acknowledging the seriousness of his concussion history, the Redskins could use him. Reed has decimated the Cowboys over the years. In 10 career games against them he has 51 receptions for 534 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaged 53.4 yards per game against Dallas and Reed’s mere presence should help open things up for Washington’s young wide receivers. If he is healthy, of course. 

“He was there all training camp. Some of the offseason stuff we were able to get together,” quarterback Case Keenum said on Wednesday. “But he's a special player. I haven't played with many players like him. I've never played with a player that can do what he does.”

Redskins coach Jay Gruden appeared optimistic but insisted Reed has to take each day as it comes. If symptoms reappear after practices late this week then he won’t play. 

Even with Reed on the field, the Redskins have an abysmal 3-7 record against the Cowboys dating to his rookie season in 2013. But he’s done his part. 

Few will forget Reed’s Thanksgiving Day performance at Dallas in 2016 when he caught two touchdown passes playing with a busted left shoulder, Despite missing most of the first half, he finished with 95 receiving yards and his late touchdown catch gave Washington a chance at an onside kick in a 31-26 loss. 

Reed had nine catches for 70 yards in a 44-17 loss to Dallas on Dec. 28, 2014. He had five catches for 70 yards in a 27-23 loss on Sept. 18, 2016. Last Thanksgiving, again on the road against the Cowboys, he had six catches for 75 yards in a 31-23 loss. If the Redskins are going to spring an upset, they need Reed to put up similar numbers. It would make a huge difference for a team that needs all the help it can get. 

“You guys can see it on film. You see how he gets open and creates space,” Keenum said. “The stuff that he’s able to do on the elite cover guys in the league. That’s a huge trust factor that I know he can get open and I’m excited to continue that on-field relationship and get him the ball.”

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Redskins' Chase Young among NFL players featured in video requesting league condemn racism

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Redskins' Chase Young among NFL players featured in video requesting league condemn racism

Following the murder of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, many around the world have made their voices heard about the racial injustices in America. That includes athletes of all sports, along with their respective teams and leagues.

However, some statements came across as disingenuous due to the vague language and misunderstanding of what the protests are truly about. The NFL released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't touch on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

Frustrated with that notion, several players teamed up to release a video voicing what they want to hear from the NFL on the matter.

Posted on Giants running back Saquon Barkley's Twitter, the message featured some of the biggest names in the sport. Patrick Mahomes, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr. and others all shared the common messaging of wanting the NFL to explicitly address the racism and problems the country currently faces. Redskins rookie Chase Young was also part of the statement.

The video begins with the players wondering what it will take for the league to seriously commit itself to change in the future, feeling the current statements were inadequate. 

"What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?" the players said.

"What if I was George Floyd?" the players asked.

Those questions were followed up with the realization that their standings as professional athletes don't separate them from those who have been victims of police brutality. 

"I am George Floyd, I am Breonna Taylor, I am Ahmaud Arbery, I am Eric Garner, I am Laquan McDonald, I am Tamir Rice, I am Trayvon Martin, I am Walter Scott, I am Michael Brown Jr., I am Samuel Dubose, I am Frank Smart, I am Phillip White, I am Jordan Baker," they said. 

Then, the players submitted their call to action for the NFL. They will continue to peacefully protest, and demand the league shows support and solidarity right alongside them. No more cookie-cutter statements, but an admittance of past mistakes and accountability for the future.

"On behalf of the National Football League, this is what we, the players, would like to hear you state: 'We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,'" they said. '"We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.'"

A powerful and moving message, the stars of the NFL made one thing clear: It's time for the league to make real change. They will no longer accept the bare minimum, and instead, demand support and action.  

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Cousin of Redskins cornerback Greg Stroman fatally shot in Richmond

Cousin of Redskins cornerback Greg Stroman fatally shot in Richmond

The cousin of Redskins cornerback Greg Stroman was fatally shot and found dead in a hotel hallway early Tuesday morning, the Richmond police announced on Wednesday.

Jermaine Stroman, 30, was found by officers in a third-floor hallway of the Quality Inn and Rodeway Inn and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Richmond Police Department has yet to find any information on the suspect, which led the Redskins cornerback to send out this tweet to raise awareness about the situation:

"My cousin, Jermaine Rayshard Stroman, was killed last night in Richmond, VA," Greg Stroman wrote on Wednesday. "Anyone that has information in regards to his murder, please contact the proper authorities at 804-780-1000."

Jermaine Stroman's death was unrelated to the nationwide protests, according to the Washington Post. Protests have been going on for several days and in all 50 states following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd on May 25.

The cornerback was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Redskins in 2018. The former Virginia Tech Hokie played in 15 games as a rookie, finishing with 38 tackles and one interception. Stroman was waived with the designation of injured in September of 2019 after suffering a groin injury in the team's season opener. He cleared waivers and spent the rest of the 2019 season on the Redskins' Injured Reserve list.

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