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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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Urban Meyer attended the Redskins-Eagles game as Terry McLaurin’s guest, according to McLaurin

Urban Meyer attended the Redskins-Eagles game as Terry McLaurin’s guest, according to McLaurin

The Urban-Meyer-to-the-Redskins movement picked up a lot of momentum Sunday when Meyer showed up at FedEx Field for the team’s Week 15 matchup against the Eagles.  

Was Meyer there on behalf of Dan Snyder? Did his presence mean that he’s possibly considering coaching Washington? WAS HE GOING TO SIGN A CONTRACT AND ASSUME THE POSITION AT HALFTIME?

All of those theories were flying on social media, but afterward, Terry McLaurin offered an explanation that cooled them off a bit. According to the receiver, Meyer was at the contest to support McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins. 

“He was my guest,” McLaurin said. “It was good to see him again, good to talk to him, surpasses football. Has nothing to do with his coaching status.” 

Meyer was apparently in Philadelphia on Saturday for the Army-Navy rivalry and made the trip to Landover on Sunday to see the Ohio State stars battle the Eagles. He was spotted in the owner’s box throughout the game: 

At one point, he was also shown catching up with Alex Smith, who played under Meyer at Utah. 

When informed that Meyer was in attendance, Haskins told the media he had no idea before smiling at the fact. Both he and McLaurin just so happened to post the best performances in their respective pro careers on Sunday against Philly. 

So, it sounds as if McLaurin was the main reason for Meyer’s trip to FedEx Field, and not the fact that the Burgundy and Gold will likely need a new head coach in just a few weeks. However, no one should be surprised if Snyder or Smith or another official discussed the job with Meyer while he was there. 

The Redskins haven’t had much to advertise when it comes to on-field production, but if they were hoping to convince someone to take over the team, Sunday was the day to make the sales pitch. Perhaps, Meyer left the stadium feeling impressed by what he saw. 

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Bettors everywhere are cursing the Redskins after final play

Bettors everywhere are cursing the Redskins after final play

With the Redskins trying to pull of a last-second miracle while trailing the Eagles 31-27, it seemed likely that the game would end with Washington losing. While it was a hard-fought game with plenty of positives, a loss was still going to be a loss for the team.

But, the loss wasn't going to be a loss for everybody, specifically those who had bet on the Redskins. Washington was favored anywhere from +5.5 to +7 on Sunday, meaning those who took them only needed them to lose by less than that amount to come out correct. When only a few seconds remained and the Redskins trailing by just four, that seemed like a lock, right?

Wrong.

In what may go down as one of the worst bad beats in recent memory, the final play of the game resulted in a strip-sack of Haskins and was returned for a touchdown. In the blink of an eye, it went from 31-27 to 37-27. That score meant nothing to the result on the field, but meant everything for those who took the Redskins.

Just like that, the cover was gone. It was one of those moments that felt like it was happening in slow motion. One of those "scream at your TV trying to make it stop" moments. For anyone who was rooting for the Redskins and maybe bet on them, the final minute of Sunday's game was pure torture.

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