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Grant took a U-turn to the Redskins

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Grant took a U-turn to the Redskins

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind for Ryan Grant.On Tuesday, the former free agent was in Chicago, en route to get a physical exam after working out for the Bears. Before he got to the doctors office, though, the Redskins called and he quickly agreed in principle to a deal.I told the driver to turn around and take me to the airport, Grant said.The 29-year-old former Green Bay standout landed at Dulles Airport at 12:30 a.m. and, 12 hours later, was on the Redskins practice field in Ashburn taking handoffs from Robert Griffin III.Grant said he chose the Redskins over the Bears and other suitors because of Griffin, Coach Mike Shanahan and his familiarity with Shanahans zone blocking scheme. Grant said the Packers used a similar offense during his first couple of seasons in the NFL and described himself as a one-cut and up the field style runner.Grant also acknowledged that he and his representative have had multiple discussions with the Redskins since the spring.I like what they do offensively and I think this team has a lot of promise, he said.Last season, Grant started 14 of 15 games for Green Bay and rushed for 559 yards and two touchdowns. But the Nyack, N.Y. native was not brought back for a sixth season with the Packers. He missed all but one game in 2010 with ankle and knee injuries.It was weird, hurt because I was used to play ball at this time, Grant said. But I was making sure I stayed in shape. I had opportunities, but I was looking for the right situation and it worked out.Grant said he was surprised it took him so long to find a new home. But he said he stayed in shape by working out at IMGs sports academy in Bradenton, Fla.I dont expect it will take me too long to get into football condition, he said. I feel like Im in good shape Im just going to prepare like Im going to play this week.

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Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

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Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

MOBILE, Ala. — Florida authorities dropped domestic violence charges against Reuben Foster earlier this month, and for Redskins team president Bruce Allen, that should mean no NFL suspension.

Allen said as much when speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. 

"The league is still finishing their investigation of it," Allen said. "I don't know why we would expect a suspension, but we'll let the league finish up."

There is precedent for an NFL suspension regardless of legal action. Recent examples include a three-game suspension for Jameis Winston and a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys tried to fight Elliott's suspension in the courts, but eventually, the NFL won. Winston and the Bucs did not appeal his suspension. 

Neither Winston or Elliott were ever charged with a crime, but the accusations against both included salacious details and possible sexual assault, and the NFL did not relent in their rulings. 

For Foster, in the last calendar year he has been arrested twice for separate incidents of domestic violence. The first case fell apart when testimony was recanted, and in the second case, charges were dropped. The 49ers released him after the second incident, and Washington swooped in to claim the linebacker off waivers. 

Throughout this process, the Redskins have maintained that Foster would not play for the organization if he was deemed guilty of any wrongdoing.

"Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player," Redskins VP of Personnel Doug Williams said in a November statement.

Allen said that the team conducted its own investigation then and expected Foster to be cleared. Now, Allen expects Foster to stay out of trouble. 

"We hold our players to a very high standard at the Redskins," the team president said. "We ask for a commitment that goes beyond the 60 minutes of a football game. Reuben understands what he has to do, and he's been doing it every day."

As a rookie in 2017, Foster played in 10 games and registered 72 tackles.

In 2018, Foster started the season on a suspension for a drug violation before playing six games. He logged 29 tackles but his year was cut short for injuries before landing on the commissioner's exempt list once the arrest in Florida happened. 

A first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, Foster will be lined up with a number of his former college teammates on the Redskins. 

Assuming he gets through the offseason without any trouble, when Foster hits the field for Washington, he could be a major asset

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

Bill Callahan is expected to return to the Redskins for another season, taking care of one major question regarding Jay Gruden's staff.

Washington's offensive line coach of four years should be back for 2019, Bruce Allen told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

There had previously been much speculation that Callahan was on the outs.

Callahan came to D.C. in 2015 and has long been hailed as one of the league's top O-line gurus. His tenure with the Redskins has featured both positives and negatives.

Among the positives? Brandon Scherff has grown into an elite NFL guard, Morgan Moses earned a pricey contract extension and 2017 sixth-round pick Chase Roullier spent all of last year as the offense's starting center. And Trent Williams, of course, is still Trent Williams.

However, the unit has been decimated by injuries the past two seasons. Some wonder if Callahan's intense coaching — often times, he keeps his players for an extra 30 minutes after weekly practices — has something to do with it.

In addition, the Burgundy and Gold's running game has never really emerged as a dominant one for a 16-game schedule, and Callahan has always had a large role in that area.

Allen said Gruden's full complement of coaches will be finalized in a few weeks. The head coach wasn't at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday; instead, he was conducting interviews at the Redskins' Ashburn facility. 

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