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Mystery behind Josh Norman's benching in New Orleans gets solved, per report

Mystery behind Josh Norman's benching in New Orleans gets solved, per report

Jay Gruden explained that a halftime disagreement led to benching Josh Norman for the opening series in the second half of the Redskins one-sided loss in New Orleans. 

Nobody knew what the disagreement was about, until now. 

Kevin Sheehan, formerly of the Cooley & Kevin radio show on The Team 980 and now hosting his own podcast, reported that during halftime Norman put on headphones while the coaches addressed the team. The story continues that Norman was asked to take the headphones off, and he either did not hear the request or refused the request. At that point, the headphones were removed for him. (Listen to the full audio here)

On the surface level, the story checks out. 

Gruden made clear that Norman wasn't benched for his play, despite a blown coverage that led to a long touchdown pass just before halftime. 

Speaking on the Redskins Talk podcast earlier in the week, Gruden explained:

"It wasn’t all Josh. We had blown coverages all across the land. It was just something between Josh and I at halftime that I needed to cool him down for a bit. So I did for a series."

Headphones or not, the Redskins need to turn the page and focus on the Panthers. Carolina comes to FedEx Field with a 3-1 record and one of the most physical presences in the game with Cam Newton. On top of that, the Panthers haven't lost to the Redskins since 2006, and Newton has a perfect 4-0 record against Washington. 

Norman needs to play better, and perhaps Gruden believes the ugly Saints loss can be a wake-up call: "Josh is one of our best players on this football team. We need more from Josh, we need more from DJ, we need more from Montae, we need more from Alex, we need more from myself. We need more from everybody, I think we’ll get it."

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Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL proposed a potential 35% pay cut for players to offset losses from coronavirus pandemic

The NFL is doing whatever it can to limit the potential financial losses for the 2020 season, which will be directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The league has proposed that 35% of each player's salary is held as a way to eschew costs for the lost revenue the league may face due to the pandemic, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero,

As expected, the idea did not sit well with many of the league's players.

Several players across the NFL, such as Saints star wideout Michael Thomas and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, laughed at the idea on Twitter.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents numerous clients across the league, called the proposal an "absurd ask by the NFL."

Detroit Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew simply said, "no thank you."

A labor war in the NFL could begin just days after Major League Baseball and its players association ended an ugly fight with a commissioner-imposed 60-game season. The NFL will hope to avoid any type of back-and-forth the MLB underwent this summer, which ultimately cost the league numerous games in 2020.

RELATED: NFLPA VOTES TO CUT PRESEASON GAMES FOR 2020

Even if players' salaries are not ultimately held and business goes on as usual, the NFL will look significantly different this fall.

It's still uncertain whether fans will be allowed to attend games, and the league has already announced that the first six to eight rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, the preseason has already been reduced to two games, with the potential of it being canceled altogether.

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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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