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Gruden: Redskins dealt an unfair hand by NFL schedule makers

Gruden: Redskins dealt an unfair hand by NFL schedule makers

Looking at the Redskins schedule this week, it's absurd Washington played Sunday night and must play again Thursday afternoon. After holding back for some time, Jay Gruden opened up. 

"I don’t think it’s really fair, no, but we have to deal with it," Gruden said. 

Washington put together their best game of the year Sunday night in a 42-24 win over the Packers, and Gruden's squad must hope they can repeat that effort Thursday against the NFL's best Dallas Cowboys. 

The coach explained that the 'Skins staff gameplanned for the Cowboys somewhat during their bye week, but that came three weeks ago now, and both Washington and Dallas have likely brought in new concepts and plays in different situations. 

Beyond tailoring the plan of attack specific to Dallas, the Redskins also need to worry about their players. Football games are tough on player's bodies; there's a reason the sport is generally played with a week off between games.

"The biggest thing is you worry about the health of your football team. This is a physical football game we played last night and we’re at the point in the year where guys are a little bit beat up," Gruden said.

Though the Skins sustained no serious injuries against Green Bay, players like Josh Norman, Will Blackmon and Morgan Moses are already nursing injuries. With just three days between games instead of the normal six, that means substantially less medical treatment and rehab opportunities.

"Guys still have a bunch of bumps and bruises that aren’t on the injury report here and there that they have to take care of their bodies for. It’s going to be tough."

Gruden made clear he wanted his players to rest Monday as Tuesday would be a full day. The Redskins will install the bulk of their game plan on Tuesday and complete their installations on Wednesday before a charter flight to Dallas Wednesday evening. 

Despite the tough travel schedule and condensed rehab for players, Gruden remains confident in his team. Even against the 9-1 Cowboys.

"The good thing is we are familiar with Dallas. They’re obviously a very, very good team playing at a very high level. But I think we can get our guys ready to roll."

An argument can be made that Gruden's team should have beaten Dallas in the team's first meeting in September. Though the Redskins lost that game, the players will likely remember the narrow defeat. The coach certainly does.

"We had a three-point lead down there in the red zone with about nine minutes to go and threw the pick and they went down and scored and beat us here, so for us to keep pace in the division and have a chance at a division title, we’ve got to play our best gameThursday.”

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NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

If the NFL is going to pull off a season during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most important factors will be players, coaches and staff remaining diligent when it comes to how they handle themselves outside the facility. One wrong choice could lead to an outbreak in the locker room.

In order to try and keep that scenario from playing out, the league has shared a list of fineable violations related to COVID-19 conduct for the 2020 season. The activities mentioned in a memo sent to teams are considered high risk.

The updated list of offenses includes attending a nightclub, bar, house gathering or sporting event in which the player does not have protective equipment and/or is in a situation where there are more than 10 people and social distancing is not possible. As NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero noted, a church is not considered to be an area of high risk that could result in a penalty.

Should a player break one of these rules, they could be subjected to a fine of one week's salary, or they could be suspended without pay for a maximum of four weeks. Pelissero also reported that non-player employees of the team such as coaches and medical staff could be given similar punishments.

RELATED: WASHINGTON LB JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS OPTS OUT OF SEASON

Major League Baseball is currently dealing with outbreaks on multiple teams, including a situation with the St. Louis Cardinals in which it was reported that some players had left the team hotel to go to a casino. Clearly, the NFL is trying to make sure that idea is never considered by its players. 

In the week-plus since training camp began, the league has already seen numerous positives pop up across the league, as players are being sent to the COVID-19 reserve list on the daily. At the same time, a population of the players has opted out of the season amid concerns about their health and safety. Any others considering a similar course of action will have until Thursday, August 6, to do so.

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Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

The NFL has officially decided on an opt-out date for the 2020 season.

All players across the league will have to make their final decision on whether to play or not in 2020 by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thus far, over 40 players have opted out of the 2020 season. While the NFL has yet to see any major stars decide to forego football this fall, notable names such as C.J. Mosley, Damien Williams and Michael Pierce have all decided not to play.

RELATED: JACK DEL RIO KEEPS OPINION OF PLAYERS OPTING OUT TO HIMSELF

On Monday, the Washington Football Team announced that linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out, becoming the team's second player to do so. Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who was deemed high-risk to play in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, announced he would skip the 2020 season last week.

In Baltimore, the Ravens have seen two players opt out so far: De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season due to the virus. Several NBA players chose not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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