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Steelers RB Dwyer doubtful for Giants

Steelers RB Dwyer doubtful for Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer might not get a chance at a third straight 100-yard game on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Dwyer is listed as doubtful thanks to a right quad strain that prevented him from practicing Friday. Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall (right Achilles) is also listed as doubtful, leaving Isaac Redman and his sore ankles as the healthiest feature back on the roster.

``The good thing is that we've got three good running backs, so when somebody goes down we always have somebody else ready to go,'' Redman said. ``It's a shame that we all can't get healthy at the same time, but that's what makes it crucial that we have so much depth.''

Dwyer became the first Pittsburgh back in four years to post consecutive 100-yard games when he rushed for 107 in last week's 27-12 win over Washington. He tweaked the quad in the fourth quarter and was limited to just one day of practice this week. Though he stressed ``everything was cool right now,'' Dwyer will likely have a diminished role if he plays at all.

``It's all about getting wins and getting to the Super Bowl, that's all I care about,'' Dwyer said. ``Sure, I want to be out there and play, so when I'm ready to go I'll be on the field.''

While safety Troy Polamalu will miss his fourth straight game and sixth overall this season with a right calf injury, linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) and safety Ryan Clark (concussion) are probable. Woodley has dealt with a series of hamstring issues over the last year but believes he will be on the field as the Steelers (4-3) look for their third straight win.

``I'm not worried about it at all,'' Woodley said. ``The things that have happened this year, it just takes a little time for it to settle down and heal, and then I'll be ready to play. I feel a lot better today, and I'll be ready to play Sunday.''

Woodley will get a little extra time to rest at home. The Steelers will remain in Pittsburgh until Sunday morning, leaving around 9 a.m. in advance of the 4:25 p.m. kickoff vs. the Giants (6-2), and will fly back following the game. Typically NFL teams are required to travel one day in advance, but the league gave the Steelers permission for the one-day trip after the team's hotel in Jersey City lost power due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles, where he got the chance to interview the three Redskins rookies in attendance: Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Bryce Love. 

Berry, who was a guest of JP Finlay's on the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday, has been a fan of the Burgundy and Gold since he was a kid, so he was eager to talk to three of the team's newest players and learn more about them.

It was during those interviews where Berry got a quick glimpse of a side of Haskins that now has Berry really excited.

"I thought what was really cool was... When I was interviewing McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins came in and interrupted the interview to give him some crap," he told Finlay. "It was really a wonderful moment to see. Obviously, they know each other very well from Ohio State, but just the fact that they felt comfortable enough and he wanted to come over and mess with him a little bit and have some fun, I was impressed with that."

Once Haskins left, Berry explained how he asked McLaurin about the interaction. Redskins fans will like McLaurin's answer.

"That's Dwayne, Dwayne is being a leader," McLaurin said, per Berry. 

Haskins did something similar to Love during Love's interview as well. Berry even caught up with Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who also played with the QB at Ohio State, to inquire about the 15th overall pick. 

"I asked him, 'Listen, I'm a diehard Redskins fan, what am I getting?'" Berry said. "He couldn't have been more effusive. 'You're not only getting a guy who puts the ball where you want it, but you're getting a leader. You're getting a guy who makes sure everyone in the huddle is included.'"

You can be skeptical of how much these little moments mean, and that's fair. Ultimately, how quickly Haskins picks up Jay Gruden's playbook and how accurate his arm turns out to be will factor more into his success in the NFL than being able to joke around a bit with some of his guys.

But you can also hope that these little moments are hints of a bigger personality and approach, a look into an athlete who can get a football team to buy into him. That's the side Berry is on.

"I thought that was really cool, and just showed somebody who's very comfortable in the leadership position and who's trying to be inclusive of everyone," he said. "It's early in the process, but I have yet to hear somebody on or off the record say something bad about Dwayne Haskins."

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WNBA Finals loss only more fuel for Elena Delle Donne, Mystics heading into 2019 season

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WNBA Finals loss only more fuel for Elena Delle Donne, Mystics heading into 2019 season

For Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics, last season's heartbreak in the WNBA Finals is only fuel for another potential postseason run in 2019. 

"That's something I don't think I'll ever let go," Washington's star forward told Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "It's always tough when you get to that Finals and you can't finish it off. But I think it's something that can fuel you. You don't want to let it just bring you down and depress you and make it so you can't get over that hump."

"If you use it as fuel and motivation, it can help you get better. I think that's what we're all gonna do."

The Mystics reached their first WNBA Finals in franchise history in 2018 but ultimately lost to the Seattle Storm. Delle Donne, recently named in WNBA.com's GM survey as the favorite to win league MVP, is back for her third season in Washington and headlines a strong team that has the talent to compete for the title again.

Her status for Saturday's season opener against the Connecticut Sun is up in the air due to a left knee injury, but Delle Donne believes the Mystics will have another great season given the continuity on the roster from last season and the return of All-Star forward Emma Meesseman. 

"We feel great. We've got our core back," said Delle Donne. "And to be able to add a superstar like Emma to that roster is pretty scary. Especially with her style of play and the way that our team started playing last season, where it was such positionless basketball. Spreading the floor, just spreading it, making it easy for one another to attack, get some threes. She's just gonna add so much to that."

NBC Sports Washington will be broadcasting 10 Mystics home games during the 2019 WNBA season. For the full regular season schedule, click here.

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