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Redskins’ Adrian Peterson will play through shoulder strain

Redskins’ Adrian Peterson will play through shoulder strain

Adrian Peterson suffered a shoulder injury on Monday night and it kept him out of most of the second half of the Redskins’ loss to the Saints. However, the issue is not likely to keep him out of any upcoming games. 

According to multiple media reports, an MRI revealed what was suspected on Monday, a shoulder strain with no significant damage to the joint. He was injured when he was tackled hard out of bounds after catching a pass. 

This is very good news for the Redskins. In the first quarter of the season, the team has gone as Peterson goes. In Washington’s two wins, Peterson has 216 yards rushing. They have lost two games and Peterson has a total of 26 yards including six yards on four carries against the Saints

Without Peterson, the Redskins’ running back depth chart looks suspect. Chris Thompson is a very good third-down back, but he isn’t built to take the pounding of being the starting running back. Kapri Bibbs can fill in here and there but he also is more of a third-down back. The Redskins made Samaje Perine a fourth-round pick last year and he started eight games as a rookie, but they appear to be reluctant to hand to ball to him due to ball security issues. He has been inactive all four games so far. 

When Jay Gruden talked to the media via a conference call on Tuesday he said that he did not have any details on Peterson’s injury. We may get an update during his press conference this afternoon. 

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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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Don't expect the Redskins and Brandon Scherff to agree to a long-term deal before July deadline, per report

Don't expect the Redskins and Brandon Scherff to agree to a long-term deal before July deadline, per report

Brandon Scherff signed his one-year tender with the Redskins in April, and after doing so, told the team's website that he loves playing in Washington and hoped to do so for the rest of his career.

Well, the possibility of that happening may be taking at least a slight hit this offseason, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN's John Keim. Keim tweeted that "there isn't much optimism that a long-term deal will be struck" before the league's July 15 deadline.

If that does indeed happen, the 28-year-old will play out 2020 on the franchise tag and earn $15 million.

Ron Rivera and other members of the organization haven't been shy when it comes to praising Scherff. Back in February, the head coach referred to the guard as "somebody that we really believe is a big part of our offensive line." 

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However, whether it's the overall bizarre nature of this offseason, the uncertainty of how this coming season will unfold or Scherff's recent, serious injury history, it's looking like Scherff is only guaranteed to be a "big part" of the Burgundy and Gold's line for 2020. Simply put, this feels like a very weird time to launch into a major commitment.

If the deadline comes and goes without any unforeseen progress, it'll be up to Scherff to ball out in the franchise's next 16 games, and then look to cash out next March. At that point, this process will start all over again.

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