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Redskins bench Montae Nicholson for remainder of 2018 season following arrest

Redskins bench Montae Nicholson for remainder of 2018 season following arrest

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday morning and did not practice with the team Wednesday afternoon.  Less than an hour later Jay Gruden ruled Nicholson out for Saturday's Week 16 game in Tennessee.

"We're going to obviously go through and get all the details and figure out what to do next," Gruden said following practice. "He won’t play this week."

But two hours after ruling him out for Week 16, the team announced Nicholson was moved to the reserve/Non-Football Injury list, ruling him out for Week 17 and thus ending his 2018 season.

 It was 24 hours followings the initial news of the arrest when TMZ posted a video of the altercation that landed Nicholson in Loudon County, Va., jail on charges of assault and battery and public intoxication and the optics aren't great. The video begins mid-altercation and allegedly shows Nicholson punching another man while another person is seen trying to hold back the Redskins player.

Asked about the video, Gruden said he had not seen it but all things would be taken into consideration when the team makes a decision on possible punishment for their second-year safety.

"We will take a look at all that stuff and talk to Montae," the coach said. 

It's been a tough season for Nicholson, as he watched Ha Ha Clinton-Dix take over his starting safety spot after a midseason trade. While he's been getting dwindling work on special teams, Nicholson hasn't had a defensive snap since Week 10. 

The vibe around players in the Redskins locker room was that Nicholson was defending himself in the altercation. He was released from jail on Tuesday on a $2,500 bond, and Nicholson was not available for comment on Wednesday. 

As a rookie, Nicholson showed tremendous promise last season. In six starts he logged an interception and 24 tackles though his year ended on the injured reserve. This past offseason, Gruden talked about Nicholson as one of the most important pieces of the Redskins defense, but even before the Clinton-Dix acquisition, Nicholson was not playing at the same level he displayed in 2017. 

NBC Sports Washington's Troy Machir contributed to this story.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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