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After Sunday's big win, Gruden acknowledges 'progress'


After Sunday's big win, Gruden acknowledges 'progress'

Last season, the Redskins picked up win No. 4 in their 15th game. This season, it arrived in their ninth.

While it’s not really something to brag about—there are 12 teams in the NFL with better records—it does signal a small measure of progress.

“A little bit,” Coach Jay Gruden said Monday. “But we’re really trying to see progress throughout the building, in how we prepare [and] the guys working hard.”

Gruden didn’t use the word ‘culture’ or say that he's noticed any sort of a shift. But that’s what he was getting at, no doubt.

“There’s a lot of things that we can view as progress that aren’t [reflected in] wins and losses, really,” he continued. “The accountability factor. How the [players] come into meetings. How they work out in the weight room. How they practice. There’s a lot of things that we see positive progress in this building, really.”

A big story line in recent days has been the Redskins’ approach to practice last week. For the first time all season, Gruden had the first team line up against the first team in a padded practice last Wednesday. Prior to the session, defensive captain Dashon Goldson called the entire team to the middle of the field for an impromptu pep talk.

The result? It set the tone for what Gruden and his players called their best week of practice, and that intensity carried over into Sunday’s 47-14 throttling of the Saints.

“Just to get the competitive juices flowing,” Gruden said, asked why he opted for tougher practices. “[But] we have to maintain that because when you have a great week of practice, and reward them with a positive game like we played against New Orleans, hopefully it will make them want to come back and practice hard again this week, which I think they will.”

And that’s Gruden’s challenge over the final seven weeks—to maintain and build upon the momentum gained Sunday.

Matching last season’s win total six weeks sooner is one step. But it’s a small one. The next, much bigger step is to accumulate a few more wins ...and possibly challenge for the NFC East title.

“I think the wins will come more [often], obviously, with the way we’re working, hopefully they’ll come,” Gruden said. “But 4-5 is obviously not where we want to be, but it’s where we are. We have a great stretch of seven games here that are going to be very, very meaningful and very important for these guys and they’re excited about it.”

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Reuben Foster believed to be lost for 2019 with major knee, leg injury, per source

Reuben Foster believed to be lost for 2019 with major knee, leg injury, per source

Redskins officials fear that linebacker Reuben Foster has torn the ACL in his left knee, sources tell NBC Sports Washington.

Additionally, there is concern about a more significant injury that could include the artery in his left leg, sources said. 

Foster went down on his first snap in a non-contact drill during OTAs on Monday after stepping on the leg of guard Tyler Catalina. Immediately, Foster fell to the ground, and it was obvious he was in intense pain. He was audibly screaming and crying while writhing in pain on the field. 

Moments later, the Redskins medical staff rushed out to Foster, and within a matter of minutes, his leg was placed into a stabilizing device. He was then helped onto a cart and wheeled off the practice field. 

After practice, Jay Gruden said the team was unsure of Foster's prognosis but did say, "I’m just very disappointed in what happened in his first rep as a Redskin. He runs through the gap and gets injured."

The Redskins took a major public relations hit by signing Foster last fall, and the team's belief was that his play on the field would be worth the controversy that enveloped his signing. Foster won't be playing in 2019, but remains under contract for 2020, and Washington will have the option to keep him in 2021. 


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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed by police at Vegas music festival

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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed by police at Vegas music festival

LAS VEGAS -- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by police, but not arrested, after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas music festival.

Police Officer Laura Meltzer said Monday that the 23-year-old running back was detained briefly early Saturday during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cellphone video posted by celebrity website TMZ appeared to show Elliott speaking with a woman and then with several security and event staff members, including one who falls backward over a metal parking area barricade.

Elliott's attorney, Frank Salzano in New York, told TMZ that event security misconstrued the situation and overreacted and that Elliott left Las Vegas for Dallas after the incident to be at his youth football camp Sunday.

Salzano didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.