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Redskins to induct London Fletcher, Chris Samuels into Ring of Fame

Redskins to induct London Fletcher, Chris Samuels into Ring of Fame

The Washington Redskins announced Thursday that they will induct former linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Chris Samuels into their Ring of Fame. The team has not yet announced the dates when the pair will be honored.

Fletcher, who will become the 50th member of the team to be inducted into the Ring of Fame, spent the final seven years of his 16-year career in the NFL with the Redskins, during which he started in 112 regular season games and had 12 interceptions (67 yards). 

"I grew up watching a lot of the old Redskins players," Fletcher said according to the team's press release. "So for me to be joining them in the ring of Fame is something, man...I'm still smiling from ear to ear about getting that call and knowing that I'll be going into the Ring of Fame."

While with the Redskins from 2007-13, Fletcher was ranked No. 1 in the NFL in total tackles (956) and assisted tackles (340), and No. 3 in solo tackles (616). 

Fletcher was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls (2009-12) during his time in Washington. The linebacker also set a Redskins single-game postseason record in 2013, when he had 15 total tackles against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round. 

Over the course of his career, which carried from St. Louis to Buffalo before its final stop in Washington, Fletcher made 2,038 tackles (1,383 solo), plus  23 interceptions (168 yards) and 39 sacks. The linebacker also appeared in two Super Bowls with the Rams and amassed 70 postseason tackles (45 solo).

Redskins fans remember the linebacker not only as one of the best players on the field during that time, but also a leader off the field.

Fletcher received the Bart Starr Award in 2012, which is given to an NFL player who shows "outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community," according to the Associated Press.

Back in the fall of 2018, Fletcher was one of 102 players and coaches on the preliminary Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee list

After the Redskins selected Samuels with the No. 3 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, the left tackle spent all 10 of his years in the NFL in Washington and amassed six Pro Bowl selections (the sixth-most in franchise history), including four consecutive selections from 2005-08. Samuels was also chosen for the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2000. 

"There were so many great Redskins before me," Samuels said according to the press release. "Just to be among those guys right now and in that position is just truly great."

Back in 2017, after the floods in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, Samuels and his wife Monique helped with relief efforts

Samuels will be the 51st inductee into the Ring of Fame, and along with Fletcher will join the ranks of Darrell Green and John Riggins. 

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A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL at his position when he's on the field.

The problem is, Reed just can't stay healthy. The 29-year-old has missed the Redskins' first two games of 2019 and already been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Bears, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered August 22 vs. Atlanta.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Reed's playing career could be in jeopardy, as he has struggled to recover from his latest concussion.

Here's a timeline of Reed's concussion and injury history, dating back to his college days as a Florida Gator. 

November 2010: In his freshman year at Florida, Reed suffered his first documented concussion in a 31-7 loss to Florida State. He returned for the team's bowl game vs. Penn State on Jan. 1, 2011.

October 2011: Reed suffered a concussion at some point during the 2011 season, but did not appear to miss any games due to the injury.

September 2012: The tight end suffers his third concussion in college, but did not miss any games for the Gators. Reed returned to action after the bye week. 

November 2013: As a rookie, Reed suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles. He would not return at any point later in the season, landing on injured reserve. He became close to returning multiple times, but the symptoms kept returning. 

September 2014: In Washington's season opener, Reed pulled his hamstring against Houston. The injury would force him to miss the next four weeks.

November 2014: Reed re-injuries his hamstring in a 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would miss the following week with the injury.

October 2015: In a Week 4 clash with the Eagles, Reed suffered multiple injuries, including his fifth documented concussion. He left the game originally with an ankle injury, returned, then suffered the concussion. He would miss the Redskins next two games.

October 2016: In a Week 5 matchup vs. Baltimore, Reed suffered his sixth documented concussion. He initially tried to play through the injury, but entered the protocol following the game. He would miss the team's next two games. 

November 2016: In a Thanksgiving clash with Dallas, Reed suffered a Grade 3 separation in his shoulder. While the tight end would finish the game (and score two touchdowns), he would miss two of the team's next four games with the injury.

September 2017: Reed suffered a chest injury against the Rams, missing the Redskins Week 3 contest vs. Oakland the following week.

October 2017: A hamstring injury Reed suffered against the Cowboys in Week 8 would eventually put Reed on IR, costing him the team's final nine games of the season.

December 2018: Reed would suffer a toe strain against the Giants in Week 14. The tight end would miss Washington's final three games of the season.

August 2019: In the team's third preseason game, Reed suffered the seventh documented concussion of his football career after being struck by Falcons' safety Keanu Neal. He has missed the Redskins first three games of the 2019 season and counting.

Source: Sports Injury Predictor

Monday's contest against the Bears will mark the 34th time during Reed's NFL tenure that he will be unable to play due to injury. 

If, and when Reed will suit up next for the Redskins seems more uncertain than ever.

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Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out for Monday night's contest with the Chicago Bears on Saturday, as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in Week 3 of the preseason.

Now, more reports are coming out about Reed's status. Not just for the upcoming game, but for his future in the NFL.

Currently trying to come back from his seventh recorded concussion dating back to his college football days, there is now uncertainty surrounding the continuation of his NFL career, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The seventh-year veteran's history with injuries is a long one. Despite showing flashes of dominance throughout his time with the Redskins, Reed has still not been able to put together a full season with no missed time. 

At his best, he's shown that he can be a reliable and explosive target for his quarterbacks. In 14 games in 2015 (his most played in a single season) he compiled 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. But, both concussions, as well as nagging issues in other areas, have limited him to just 19 games throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons and left the Redskins offense without a crucial piece.

As Reed continues to go through concussion protocol, updates about his status will be hard to come by. Back in Week 1, it looked as if the tight end would be back on the field soon, but it seems as if setbacks have clouded the timeline. 

Head injuries are serious, and if Reed's most recent concussion continues to cause problems, it looks as if a decision about his career could come to the forefront. 

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