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Kirk Cousins on stress: You’ve got to play well through whatever’s going on

Kirk Cousins on stress: You’ve got to play well through whatever’s going on

Stressed out or not, Kirk Cousins knows he needs to play his best for the Redskins to get wins, regardless of the pressure he feels.

Speaking with the media on Wednesday, Cousins explained that he has been in high-stress situations already in his career, and was able to deliver.

"There were games that I played very well last year. If you were to say ‘Kirk, against the Eagles with the division title on the line on the road, were you at all stressed? I’d say yeah. I mean, my heart’s racing in that game. I took a knee, right? Right before halftime, I mean, do you think I was feeling happy go lucky going into the locker room at halftime on the road having just taken a knee to cost my team three points or a possible touchdown? No," Cousins said. 

"The point is you’ve got to play well through whatever’s going on."


The quarterback has a point: That game in Philadelphia last season secured the NFC East for the Redskins, and, despite the awkward knee, Cousins played fantastic. He completed 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. 

Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly said how tough it is to play quarterback in the NFL. He's right. Each game carries with it immense pressure, and while Cousins is certainly feeling that pressure with the Redskins at 0-2, he also felt that pressure last season.

"When the consequences are a little greater, the mistakes feel a little more painful," Cousins said. "But I’ve missed throws in the past in games that I’ve played really, really well."

Cousins has missed throws in the Redskins two games. The team likely could have scored touchdowns on deep passes to Jamison Crowder and DeSean Jackson in the first half of last week's loss to the Cowboys, not to mention a very bad interception Cousins threw in the end zone in the second half against Dallas.

"You’re going to miss a few," he said. "It’s just been in some spots where you say, man, it had an effect on the outcome of that series or of that game."

Despite the misses, and three interceptions on the year, the quarterback remains confident.

"This game, playing this position, it comes with the territory. There’s going to be pressure, there’s going to be expectations, there’s going to be failures, I’m going to throw picks. The key is going to be can I continue to just keep grinding and keep pushing, and that’s really all I know to do and all I’m going to do, and we’ll just let the chips fall where they may."


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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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