For yet another week at Redskins Park, members of the team were forced to face non-football questions despite still being in the mix for a playoff spot.
This time around, the topic at hand was Mason Foster. On Tuesday, private messages between the linebacker and another Instagram user were leaked, and in those messages, Foster was critical of the Redskins and their fans.
In the locker room on Wednesday, though, multiple players backed Foster and vouched for his character.
"All I know is what I see from him everyday, and I have nothing but good things to say about him as far as a teammate and a person," Jonathan Allen, who explained that he hardly pays attention to social media during the season and didn't see the Foster exchange, said.
"He's actually my favorite guy in the locker room," Vernon Davis said. "I'm sure he was just in the heat of the moment and he didn't really mean what he said... We all have moments where we're frustrated and stressed."
Foster wasn't available to reporters Wednesday. In the messages, he wrote in part, "F— this team and this fanbase." He also referenced that he's made out to be a "scapegoat," which doesn't sit well with him.
Like Davis, Adrian Peterson figured No. 54 was venting to the person and there wasn't anything more to read into it than that.
"I didn't think it was that big of a deal," Peterson said. "He's one guy that I haven't questioned his effort at all on the field this year. I'm sure he regrets it now, now that everyone knows about what he was saying privately."
"But it doesn't change anything for me," he added. "When he's out there, he's giving 110-percent."
Foster becomes just the latest defender to stir up controversy. DJ Swearinger, Zach Brown and Josh Norman have all been at the center of issues, too, as the unit is deteroriating both on and off the field with the season nearing its conclusion.
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