East Rutherford, N.J. – Robert Griffin III and the Redskins came up short in the team’s NFC East opener Sunday at MetLife Stadium, falling 27-23 to Eli Manning and the Giants.
The Redskins, however, faced potentially bigger issues after the game.
Tight end Fred Davis – Washington’s leading receiver entering the afternoon – suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury in the first quarter and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a ProFootballTalk.com report.
Davis appeared to suffer the injury while running a route deep in the Redskins’ territory. Davis had to be helped to the sideline, and after the medical staff worked on him for several minutes, the team announced that Davis would not return.
In the third quarter, the veteran returned to the sideline, his left leg in an immobilizing boot, crutches at his side and a glum look on his face.
Davis arrived in the Meadowlands leading the Redskins in the game as the Redskins’ leading receiver, having hauled in 23 passes for 312 yards and no touchdowns. Before getting hurt, Davis had one reception for 13 yards and an illegal shift that negated a Josh Morgan touchdown reception.
Coach Mike Shanahan was expected to give an update following the loss that all but erased any momentum the Redskins’ gained from last week’s victory over the Vikings.
The Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw scored from a yard out moments into the fourth quarter to put the home team ahead 20-13.
Later in the fourth, the Redskins rallied on a perfectly-placed 30-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to Santana Moss with 1:32 that put Washington ahead 23-20. Earlier on the drive, Griffin converted a fourth down with a scintillating scramble and pass to Logan Paulsen for 19 yards.
But what had been shaping up to be the signature comeback of Griffin’s young career disintegrated moments later. Manning hit Victor Cruz in stride for a 77-yard touchdown pass that put the Giants ahead for good, 27-23.
In the coming days, the Redskins figure to be as concerned about the defeat as the injury to Davis, which removes a key weapon from one of the NFL’s top-rated offenses.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.
On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:
You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.
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