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Redskins release official 2019 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2019 regular-season schedule

Football season may still be months away, but the schedule is finally here.

While the Redskins have known who their home and road opponents in 2019 will be, they found out today when each individual game will be played when the NFL released the season schedule.

Here is the Redskins 2019 schedule.

Washington Redskins 2019 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m. 
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, 8:15 p.m. 
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. 
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. 
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

2019 Redskins Schedule Notes

  • The two other divisions the Redskins play this season are the NFC North and the AFC East. The Redskins came in third place in the division a season ago, meaning they will play the third place teams in the NFC West and NFC South, the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

  • For the first time since signing with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins faces his former team when the Redskins travel to Minnesota in Week 8. Redskins quarterback Case Keenum will also be playing his first game in Minnesota since the 'Minnesota Miracle' victory over the New Orleans Saints in the 2017 NFC divisional round.

  • Including the playoffs, the Redskins will face the Packers for the fourth time in the past five years, when Washington heads to Green Bay in Week 14. However, this will be the first time Washington heads to Lambeau Field since 2013, as Washington has hosted the last three meetings.

  • The Redskins opening stretch is very unforgivable. They open the season on the road against Philadelphia, before hosting the reigning NFC East champion Cowboys in the Week 2 home opener. Another playoff team comes to town the following week when the reigning NFC North champs, the Chicago Bears, arrive. Washington then travels to New York to face the Giants for their third divisional game in four weeks, before returning home to face the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 5. To keep track, that's four playoff teams from a season ago, with a combined 2018 record of 47-33 (.588 winning percentage). Brutal.

  • For the first time since 2015, the Redskins are not playing on Thanksgiving. That might be a good thing for Washington, as they fell to the Cowboys in Dallas both in 2016 and 2018. They did defeat the Giants, 20-10 on Thanksgiving night in 2017, the first home Thanksgiving game ever in Redskins franchise history.

  • Last year, the Redskins were stuck with an early Week 4 bye. This year it comes right in the middle of the season, Week 10, as the Redskins will be able to rest up before the final stretch of the season.

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Reuben Foster's season-ending injury hurts the Redskins from a contract perspective, too

Reuben Foster's season-ending injury hurts the Redskins from a contract perspective, too

There are a lot of questions stemming from Reuben Foster's injury at Redskins OTAs, which looks to be a season-ending one.

Where does Foster, whose career has really yet to take off due to other injuries as well as numerous off-field troubles, go from here? What are Washington's options at inside linebacker now, since they were counting on him to produce?

And then there's this: How does Foster missing this year affect his contract with the 'Skins?

The answer, according to salary cap expert J.I. Halsell, is not much.

"When a contract tolls, that means basically the pause button is pushed and whatever you were supposed to make in 2019 carries over to 2020. That's not the case for Reuben Foster," Halsell said Tuesday while on the Redskins Talk podcast.

"Reuben Foster will earn his $1.29 million salary regardless of if he plays this season or not. While he'll probably spend his entire season on injured reserve, he'll make his $1.29 million in 2019."

Essentially, everything proceeds as normal. And that in and of itself is a decent setback for the organization.

One of the reasons the Redskins dealt with the controversy and backlash when they claimed Foster last November was because they were adding a first-round talent on his rookie contract. The team was hoping they could secure two years of elite play out of him at a bargain price, and then potentially exercise the fifth-year option on him to keep him in D.C. through 2021.

Now, however, they're losing one of those precious seasons and will have to make that decision on his fifth-year option next offseason without any tape or experience to really base that decision on. That's an important choice, and one that will carry significant financial implications as well.

"The fifth-year option for the 2021 season will be pretty expensive," Halsell said. "The long and short of it is it's going to be a lucrative dollar amount and given his injury history, his current injury, you would think that when they have to make that decision by the 2020 Draft, they will decline that option."

Haslell's right. The likelihood of the Burgundy and Gold committing big money to a guy with literally one rep in their uniform — and it's not like he was proven for the 49ers, as a linebacker or as a person, either — feels unbelievably slim. 

Yet — and now we're looking pretty far down the line — if he is able to return from this injury and contribute in 2020, the franchise could still look to keep him beyond that. There's a ton of time between now and then, but it's certainly possible.

"Theoretically, even though you don't have the fifth-year option for 2021, you can work on a contract extension for Reuben Foster assuming he comes back to full health," Haslell explained.

Still, not only does the injury hurt the player as well as the unit the player was going to start on, but it limits the team's potential payoff from claiming the player. The situation, from every angle, is an unfortunate one. 

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NFL revamping players' pain management and prevention programs

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NFL revamping players' pain management and prevention programs

NEW YORK -- The NFL and the players' union have two new agreements to address player health in the areas of pain management/prescription medications, and behavior well-being.

The joint agreements, announced Monday, are designed to lead to advancement and understanding of dealing with pain and to improve potential treatments. The league and union also will add to programs already established in education, prevention, and overall behavioral health throughout the league.

"I was hired two years ago and when I was hired I was asked about areas of concern," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical chief. "And I said these were two areas I saw from my knowledge of someone taking care of athletes for over two decades. I felt a real need there."

"We've been working together with the players' union to come up with something that would work proactively for both. We have the same goal, to take care of the whole player and in a holistic way, and to focus on prevention."

Among the stipulations in the pain management area will be formation of a committee of medical experts appointed by the league and union that will establish uniform standards for club practices and policies in pain management and the use of prescription medication by players. The committee also will conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies.

That committee will receive periodic reports from a newly developed prescription drug monitoring program that will monitor all prescriptions issued to NFL players by club physicians and unaffiliated physicians.

Each NFL club must appoint and pay for a pain management specialist before next season.

All this builds on the programs in place.

"We've had an electronically submitted health record for each club in place for a number of years," Sills said. "Medical providers enter the prescriptions they have given to the players. Periodically, our medical advisory committee and the NFL Physicians Society would issue white paper guidelines around strategies. The important change here is obviously it creates a committee tasked with overseeing our educational efforts -- the best practices around pain management."

All 32 teams now must retain by the start of training camp a behavioral health team clinician focused on supporting players' emotional and mental health and well-being. The old bromide of "toughing it out" when someone has such issues has long been discarded, Sills said.

"This is not novel to the NFL or to sports," Sills added. "It applies across all levels of society at all age groups and walks of life, and we know these are issues we need to address."

While the NFL and NFLPA have had previous joint programs in these health areas, Sills and NFLPA President Eric Winston note these initiatives are a major step forward in medical care.

"These agreements are positive developments for our membership as they will provide new and important resources to help players and their families," Winston said. "Our union has always advocated for advancements in health and safety and we think this work with the NFL is another important step to improve care for NFL players."

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