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Redskins place Trent Williams on Non-Football Injury list

Redskins place Trent Williams on Non-Football Injury list

With Trent Williams’ roster exemption expiring next week, the Redskins have placed the Pro Bowl tackle on the Non-Football Injury list, the team announced on Thursday. 

That means the team can keep Williams off the active roster without releasing him and have the option to withhold full payment of his 2019 contract at their own discretion. The NFI list also might be a tool to not have the 2019 season toll on Williams’ contract, but any movement of that sort by the Redskins would likely be challenged by the NFL Players' Association. 

Williams reported to the Redskins hours before the NFL Trade Deadline hit on October 29th, ending a months-long holdout that caused him to miss eight games in the process. Whatever goodwill Williams’ arrival to the team’s Ashburn headquarters brought quickly dissipated when the seven-time Pro Bowler failed a physical due to discomfort putting on a helmet. 

Things got worse once Williams finally addressed the media, the first time he’s spoken publicly since the holdout began over the summer. In a nearly 20-minute session taking questions from reporters, Williams explained that he felt he had been misdiagnosed by Washington’s medical staff and that “there’s no trust” with the organization. Various reports later provided different accounts of what Williams' claimed, but the damage was already done. 

In the last year, Williams was diagnosed with DFSP, a rare type of cancer that could be life-threatening. He was treated and is now cancer-free, but the ordeal changed his view of the Redskins, Williams explained. 

Sources also told NBC Sports Washington that despite returning to the team Williams would never play for the Redskins again. That came before the failed physical.

After Williams' comments, the Redskins requested a joint medical inquiry by the NFL and the NFLPA to review Williams' care from the Washington medical staff. Williams asked that the NFLPA deny the inquiry, and the union acted on behalf of their player's request. 

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One week later, Fred Smoot is still all-in on the Washington Red Wolves

One week later, Fred Smoot is still all-in on the Washington Red Wolves

A week ago from Sunday, former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot told NBC Sports Washington that his ideal new team name would be the Washington Red Wolves.

Then on Thursday, Smoot joined 'Redskins Talk and Friends,' where he explained in detail why he's so enamored by the name.

Late on Saturday, Smoot once again took to Twitter to push the 'Red Wolves' movement even more.

"Our kids will understand we are now the Wolves of Washington," Smoot wrote, adding in four wolf emojis and three snowflake ones as well.

Heck, the cornerback is so into the Red Wolves movement that he even created his own hashtag calling himself "Fred Snow."

Smoot's support for the Red Wolves' name is nothing new. Over the past seven days, he has started an enormous 'Red Wolves' movement on Twitter, with several major fan accounts backing the cornerback's name change idea. The Washington Post conducted a fan poll asking what the team name should be, and Red Wolves took the crown with over 15,000 votes.

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These fan accounts have even gone the extra mile and made mock-up designs for the Red Wolves. And let me tell you, they are sweeeeeeeet. If you go on Smoot's Twitter page, it's just a collection of retweets endorsing the Red Wolves' name.

Several current players, including Dwayne Haskins and Jonathan Allen, have endorsed the Red Wolves name as well. Brooklyn Nets star and P.G. County native Kevin Durant also voiced his support for the name.

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Washington is currently in the process of reviewing its team name, but a report surfaced this weekend that the team could potentially announce its new name in as soon as a few days.

So, when the team does finally announce its new moniker, just know that Smoot will have put in his full effort trying to convince the organization to go with 'Red Wolves.'

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One thing doesn't make sense about Washington's dismissal of Alex Santos and Richard Mann II: The timing

One thing doesn't make sense about Washington's dismissal of Alex Santos and Richard Mann II: The timing

In a move that seemingly came out of left field, Washington fired two longtime front office members on Sunday -- Alex Santos and Richard Mann II -- just 16 days before training camp begins.

Sure, the team had its reasons for these moves. Only the people inside the doors of Redskins Park can explain. But what is a bit odd is the timing. Why now? Why in mid-July with training camp right around the corner?

Since last December, the Burgundy and Gold have made several organizational changes. The team's current staff has few holdovers from 2019.

Longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired on Dec. 30, and head coach Ron Rivera was hired two days later. Head athletic trainer Larry Hess, who had been with the organization for 17 years, was let go, too.

Washington has yet to announce a formal replacement for Allen, but Senior VP of Player Personnel, Kyle Smith, has served as the de facto acting general manager. Smith, along with Rivera, spearheaded Washington's 2020 draft, and the head coach had plenty of praise for Smith following the three-day April event.

Eric Schaffer, the team's VP of football operations, who spent 17 years with the franchise as the organization's respected salary-cap guru and general counsel, was let go in January as well. Rivera brought in Rob Rogers from Carolina to replace him. 

Doug Williams, one of the Burgundy and Gold's iconic players, was even reassigned from the pro personnel department to the player development department this offseason. 

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All of these moves had one thing in common that these recent dismissal doesn't: the timing makes sense. 

Allen's firing in December was, by all accounts, overdue. He had spent 10 years with the organization, and during that span, Washington made the playoffs just twice with no postseason victories. Rivera's hiring in January was customary for when teams replace head coaches. Schaffer's dismissal came a few weeks after Rivera was hired in January, as the head coach was working through the process of which staff members he wanted to hold over.

But for Santos and Mann? The timing, on the surface level, just doesn't make sense. The team had months to make changes at their respective roles.

Should they have been let go in January, that would have made sense. Rivera would still have been in his first few weeks as head coach, figuring out how he wants to build his staff. Or maybe after free agency? That's when their jobs at the pro level would have been complete. 

Should this move have occurred in early May following the draft, that would have also made sense. Many front office staffers are let go across the NFL following the draft, as teams don't want to waste a year of their work by dismissing them prior to the draft itself. There are still priority undrafted free agents to sign and work to do. But, especially in 2020 when the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wiped out rookie minicamp, OTAs and veterans' minicamp. there was an easy gap to make changes. 

But once again, why now? July is usually a dead period in the NFL, as teams have one final break before gearing up for training camp and the upcoming season. Major personnel moves are rarely made in July, if ever.

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Last year, the New York Jets got plenty of scrutiny for firing then-GM Mike Maccagnan in May, just a few weeks after the draft. That was in May, and the organization received major backlash.

Washington didn't get rid of a general manager on Sunday - Rivera is firmly in control there with Smith assuming more power - but it did dismiss two important members of its front office with training camp arriving soon. Those roles will have to be filled and it's not an ideal time to find candidates. Most prospects would have employment by now. Maybe there are internal hires the organization likes? 

With training camp just over two weeks away, the timing of Santos and Mann's dismissal is just plain odd. And with the team's potential name change still at the forefront, these moves will only add to what will likely be another crazy week in Ashburn.

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