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Parsing through Monday's injury news, including promising signs for Trent Williams and Chris Thompson

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Parsing through Monday's injury news, including promising signs for Trent Williams and Chris Thompson

A number of Redskins players missed Monday’s practice in Ashburn, but two of the most important pieces were there and participated. 

Trent Williams and Chris Thompson took part in the session and Washington head coach Jay Gruden called their work encouraging. 

Williams was last seen loaded into an ambulance and leaving Cowboys Stadium for precautionary reasons last Thursday. He was cleared by the doctors and back at practice on Monday. 

Thompson hasn’t played since an October win against New York and looks to be near a return to action. Gruden said Thompson took some team reps but the real test will be how he feels tomorrow as he tries to recover from cracked ribs. 

That’s the good news. 

The bad news is lengthy, but requires some context. Monday’s practice was a bonus session as the ‘Skins don’t have a game for another week. 

This is the type of practice where if a player is at all beat up, they should skip the session. And a number of players skipped. 

Morgan Moses, Jordan Reed, Quinton Dunbar, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Anderson and Zach Brown are just a clump of the names not taking part in practice. 

For many of these guys, there’s nothing to be worried about. Gruden said there would be no official injury report until Wednesday but that many people sat out today because of bumps and bruises. 

Other players bring reasons for concern. Crowder did not seem to be running. Same with Dunbar. Matt Ioannidis was forced to leave the Cowboys game with a calf injury and was not practicing Monday. 

The Redskins are fortunate to have a full week of practice before their next game and that’s coming off a weekend when the team got to rest. 

By next Monday, that will probably be the healthiest the Redskins will be the rest of the season. 

Will it be enough? Wednesday’s practice session will reveal more information.

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Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

In the midst of the Pro Bowl being underway former Redskins’ defensive back DeAngelo Hall took a trip down memory lane. 

During Good Morning Football this week, the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP DeAngelo Hall said his favorite memory from the Pro Bowl wasn't exactly anything that happened on the football field.

You would think he would mention his impressive performance which included six tackles, an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown. 

But no. His highlight of the day was winning a truck for his MVP performance. 

“I told my buddies going into it I wanted to buy a truck so I said hey, if I win this MVP I don't need to buy a truck so I called the shot ladies and gentlemen I really did," he said. 

It must have been a really special prize because to this day, he said, he still owns the truck. 

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You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

The Redskins drafted Daron Payne with the 13th overall pick in 2018, changing the big defensive lineman's life immediately. Making the NFL is a dream for many players, but going in the first round means even more. 

It means life-changing wealth, and for Payne, the ability to keep a promise to his mother. 

Not much needs to be added when a video tells the story, but it's worth noting some of the comments from Payne's Instagram page from other NFL players. 

Redskins DL Matt Ioannidis: "This is awesome! Congrats!"

Redskins DB Quinton Dunbar: "She was patient bro that’s everything ❤️"

Packers DE Preston Smith: "Bro that’s a blessing"

Redskins Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken: "Man this is what it’s all about! 👊🏾👊🏾🔥"

Saints SS D.J. Swearinger: "Yeeeessssirrrr!!!! #congratsfoolie!!! That’s what it’s all about!! Being That Rock & Provider For The Love one!! ✊🏾"

Not the last, but maybe the best was former Redskins DL Ziggy Hood: "My guy I told myself I'm not crying on a sat morning, ✊🏾"

Payne has been one of the Redskins best players since he was drafted. In two years he's logged seven sacks and 112 tackles as a force in the middle of the team's defensive line. 

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