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Doug Williams implores Kirk Cousins to 'look at the big picture' and stay with Redskins

Doug Williams implores Kirk Cousins to 'look at the big picture' and stay with Redskins

Doug Williams deserves a lot of credit. Named to the Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel this week, Williams has fulfilled an incredible amount of media requests and been quite gracious with his time. 

Mostly, Williams has avoided the contentious topic of Kirk Cousins' contract situation. For people that live under a rock, Cousins is currently set to play a second straight season under the franchise tag with the Redskins, this year making $24 million after making $20 million last season. 

Washington's Eric Schaffer is running point on the contract talks with Cousins, and Williams has said repeatedy he will differ to Schaffer about the contract. 

That's that. Speaking with NFL Network, Williams added one interest caveat to the Cousins melodrama. 

"All I can do is hope and pray that Kirk looks at the big picture and looks at this football team and realizes we do have a solid football team, solid offensive line. He’s got something to work with," Williams said via PFT.

On the surface the comments are innocent, though it does hint at some sort of disagreement between team and player. Cousins has been "tremendous" for the Redskins the last two seasons, Williams said, and the team has provided a strong offensive line and plenty of weapons. 

The big picture then might suggest while the Redskins definitely need and want Cousins, the quarterback also is in a good spot. There could be more money in free agency, but that could be with a much worse team. 

If Cousins and the Redskins cannot reach a deal, and the two sides have less than a month to get it done, Williams is prepared to find the next quarterback. 

"We’ve got a capable backup here in Colt McCoy. At the end of the day you’ve got to look for that guy if Kirk doesn’t sign long-[term] but I hope it doesn’t come to that," Williams said. 

The organization feels strongly about McCoy as a number two QB, but this might be the first actual public recognition that Cousins could walk away in 2018 from a Redskins official. 

It might not be fun to think about, but the Redskins brass needs to seriously consider that possibility as they work through negotiations between now and the franchise tag deadline. 

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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