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Former Redskins LB Keenan Robinson signs with division rival

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Former Redskins LB Keenan Robinson signs with division rival

Former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson is staying the in the NFC East after reportedly signing with the Giants on Thursday evening.

Robinson started the first eight games last season but missed the next four contests with a shoulder injury. During that time, Will Compton established himself as the starter and Robinson wound up finishing the season as a backup—quite a fall for a player who just a few months earlier had been hailed as a potential long-term solution at middle linebacker.

Last month, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden hinted at the Scouting Combine that Robinson, who turns 27 in July, would not be re-signed. Earlier this week, Robinson turned to social media to thank the Redskins and their fans.

“I know he had high hopes of playing very well for us,” Gruden said Feb 24. “Unfortunately the injury bug hit him. And I think when he hurt his shoulder initially it hindered his performance. Then we kept him out, let him rehab it, let him get better. And when he did come back that’s when Compton was playing very well and we didn’t want to take Compton out. ...I think he’s going to hit free agency and probably land somewhere else.”

Robinson, the Redskins' fourth round pick in 2012, possesses elite athleticism but has also battled injuries throughout his career. The Texas product missed the final five games of his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle. He tore the opposite pec in training camp the following year and missed the entire 2013 season. In 2014 and 2015, he missed seven games due to various injuries.

The signing continues as busy few days for the Giants, who have also added defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo first reported Robinson’s decision to sign with the Giants.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

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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

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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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