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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

Easily the most talked about story following Week 2 in the NFL was the abrupt retirement of Buffalo Bills' cornerback, Vontae Davis. 

Not once in the history of the NFL has there been a mid-game retirement, which caused plenty of reason for a stir.

Davis' brother Vernon, Redskins' tight end, took to social media Tuesday to address his younger brother's abrupt retirement via Instagram. An inspirational video containing photos of the two brothers and a voice-over was a fitting tribute to the younger Davis' time in the NFL.

"I feel like I retired because we’re so close and I look at him as he’s my son even though he’s my younger brother," Vernon said in the Instagram post.

Vontae was signed by the Buffalo Bills in February 2018 on a one-year deal. He had been in the NFL since 2009 with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. 

Despite the drama surrounding what seemed like an impulsive decision to many, Vontae was inactive for his first week with the Bills and did not see the field in Week 2. 

See Vernon's tribute to his brother on Instagram below:

 

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Jay Gruden confirms Jordan Reed is in concussion protocol after scary hit vs. Falcons

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Jay Gruden confirms Jordan Reed is in concussion protocol after scary hit vs. Falcons

After suffering a brutal helmet-on-helmet collision from Falcons safety Keanu Neal, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was forced to leave Thursday's preseason matchup with concussion-like symptoms.

The Redskins announced in the fourth quarter that Reed would be out for the remainder of the game, being evaluated for a possible concussion. Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Reed was in the concussion protocol during his post-game press conference.

"He developed concussion symptoms, and they went in the normal protocol," Gruden said. "He was symptomatic. We followed the protocol, and here we are."

When Neal delivered the hit on Reed, No. 86's helmet flew off. Initially, Reed seemed to be okay. He spun the ball after the play, celebrating the first down, and continued to play in the game.

It wasn't until several minutes later that the tight end started to feel the concussion-resembling symptoms.

"Right after halftime a little bit," Gruden said on when the tight end first started noticing them. 

Should Reed have a concussion, it would be the seventh confirmed concussion of his career, matching the amount of NFL seasons he's played. 

Gruden was later asked whether the hit should have warranted more than just a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. 

"They got the 15-yard penalty and no ejection, I didn't notice it being that bad," he said. "I'll have to go back and watch it. We got the flag."

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In his 2019 debut, Derrius Guice proves he can be a difference maker

In his 2019 debut, Derrius Guice proves he can be a difference maker

For the first time in more than a year and just the second time ever, Derrius Guice suited up for the Redskins in live game action. The wait was worth it.

The running back was Washington's main option out of the backfield in the first half of Thursday's exhibition in Atlanta and he took advantage of the opportunity. In total, he had 11 carries for 44 yards as well as a four-yard reception.

Those numbers, while solid, may not totally excite fans. Those who watched him, however, know there's plenty to be encouraged by.

On his first attempt, Guice displayed sweet vision on a cut back toward the middle of the field for a nice seven-yard gain.

A few plays later, he took a handoff off the left side, dropped a defender with a nasty stiff-arm and then finished the sequence off by flattening another Falcon on his way out of bounds. Here's that very physical run, where Guice shows how un-fun it'll be to tackle him this season:

Near the end of that opening drive, Jay Gruden called a screen pass to get Guice involved in the passing game, too. Using him that way should keep defenses guessing when he lines up behind the QB.

His longest rush of the evening came on the team's second-to-last possession of the first half, where he got things going with a 12-yarder. He had plenty of burst on that highlight, showing no signs of any rust coming off of his torn ACL in 2018.

No. 29 had a chance to cap his night off with a touchdown with two carries from the one-yard line but unfortunately he was stuffed both times. Other than that disappointing stretch, though, Guice and Gruden accomplished what they set out to do: let him get acclimated to taking hits again while getting a feel for the NFL as well.

"I felt good man," Guice told former Redskins running back Clinton Portis during a sideline interview. "You know, a lot of people beforehand were talking about what I got to prove, this and that to who and whom. All I had to do was prove it to myself that I was healthy, and I'm back, ready to go. I'm not trying to prove nothing to nobody."

Looking ahead to Week 1, the Redskins know what Chris Thompson will provide them, and they hope Adrian Peterson can produce at a similar level to what he did last year. 

Guice, meanwhile, largely remains a mystery, but on Thursday, he hinted at what he could become. And if that hint turns into reality, then the Burgundy and Gold will have a major difference-maker on their hands.

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