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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LIII

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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LIII

Vernon Davis is a charitable guy, and it's one of the reasons he's the Washington Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. 

His latest gesture is an attempt to bring a little joy to a grieving family after they recently lost their 17-year-old son, who Davis had previously met. The Redskins veteran tight end met the Howey family and their son, Ryan, who was a huge Washington fan and was going through treatment for brain cancer, according to the team.

Sadly not long after Ryan and his family met Davis, he passed away.

"It broke my heart," Davis told TMZ in a video, adding that about a year ago, Ryan was "totally fine" and going to Redskins games. "It was unfortunate he had to deal with that."

And Davis wanted to do what he could for the Howey family and "bring some joy to their spirit," so he gave them two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, and, with the help of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, he was able to get them a third so Ryan's parents and sister could all attend the game together. Davis said is also paying for their flights to Atlanta and hotel as well.

He said after he heard Ryan passed away, he reached out via FaceTime to the Howey family, and, of course, they didn't know what to expect from such a call. And after he told them what he wanted to do, he told TMZ they were crying "tears of joy."

"It was just on my heart," Davis said in his interview with TMZ. "They were the first ones I could think of when it comes to just making them happy, just bringing some joy in their life after all they've had to deal with their son. I just put myself in that situation, you know? I'm just having some compassion here, and I would want the same thing."

The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

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Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis highlight injury questions before pseudo-playoff game in Tennessee

Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis highlight injury questions before pseudo-playoff game in Tennessee

Injuries happen across the NFL, but in few places do injuries happen like they do in Washington. For the second straight season, 20 players landed on the Redskins injured reserve list. 

For Jay Gruden's squad, the news somehow continues to get worse, even with a possible playoff spot within grasp.

Everybody knows the Redskins will head into Nashville on Saturday afternoon starting fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson. Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffered broken legs, and Mark Sanchez was ineffective. Johnson won last week in Jacksonville, and frankly, is an intriguing prospect that is easy for fans to support. 

The latest injury news for Washington is about players to whom Johnson might throw passes. 

Jordan Reed won't play. Gruden made that clear on Thursday. That's not a huge surprise, but losing guys like Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis won't help, and that could well be the case. 

Doctson missed Thursday's practice with lower back spasms, and Davis entered the NFL's concussion protocol. Both players could suit up Saturday, but it's really hard to know. 

Another pass catcher, Maurice Harris, might miss Sunday's game due to a concussion, and the team called up Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad just in case.

There's also a big question at offensive guard, as Ty Nsekhe hasn't practiced all week. Tony Bergstrom has, and his return could help if Nsekhe doesn't play, but it's not an even swap. 

Add it all up, especially facing a stout Titans defense, and the injuries make winning in Tennessee an even harder proposition. And Las Vegas already installed the Redskins double-digit underdogs. 

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Familiar faces make headlines for the Redskins and the Panthers in Week 6

Familiar faces make headlines for the Redskins and the Panthers in Week 6

In Week 6, with the Washington Redskins hosting the Carolina Panthers, plenty of players were familiar with each other.

Former Redskins were playing for the Panthers. Former Panthers were playing for the Redskins. And plenty of Maryland Terrapins made storylines. 

Josh Norman was playing against his former team for only the second time.

Graham Gano, who holds both the longest field goal record for both the Redskins and the Panthers, saw his former employer again. 

Oh and four different Terps, with College Park less than 20 miles away, made key plays from beginning to end. 

Five of the six players had a significant impact on the outcome of the game. 

Norman had his biggest game in quite a while for the Redskins. A first-quarter interception off a tipped ball and a forced fumble paired with a recovery gave Norman two of the Redskins' three takeaways. In addition, the former All-Pro responded to the criticism that many were giving him this past week.

Last week Gano connected on an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal as time expired against the Giants. This week he missed an extra-point to rapidly change the pace of the game in the second quarter. Familiar with the turf at FedEx Field Gano only got one more chance, making a 32-yarder.

Vernon Davis, a former tight end for Maryland, gave the Redskins their first touchdown of the afternoon. Afterward, he chose the wrong section of the crowd to go jumping into.

That touchdown was set up by one of two fumbles by D.J. Moore. The rookie did not have a good game coming back to his college home. Both of his fumbles led to 10 points for the Redskins.

Torrey Smith was the other Terps wide receiver on the Panthers roster. He made it in for six and a two-point conversion. Most of his production though came in a big fourth-quarter drive for Carolina. 

Big days in what was sure to be an emotional one for all of the players involved. 

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