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Matt Jones is recovering from minor hip surgery


Matt Jones is recovering from minor hip surgery

INDIANAPOLIS—Redskins running back Matt Jones underwent surgery on his ailing hip after the season, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.

Jones, Washington's third round pick in 2015, missed four games as a rookie—one because of a toe injury and the season’s final three games, including the Wild Card loss to the Packers, with a hip/abdominal injury.

Gruden did not specify the type of procedure Jones had done, but he indicated that it was minor in nature.

“He’s recovering,” Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He had an issue with his groin [and] hip area. He got it fixed and he should be good to go by OTAs. It was a very minor thing.”

Jones had an uneven first pro season. He rushed for 490 yards and three touchdowns on 144 carries (3.4 yards per), and hauled in 19 passes for 304 yards and a score. But the Florida product also fumbled five times, losing four of them.  

Gruden said he still has high hopes for Jones, but added that the team has not settled on a No. 1 running back for 2016—yet.

“We drafted him with that intent, eventually for him to be a lead dog guy,” Gruden said. “He’s a big physical runner. Obviously, we have Alfred [Morris, who] is a free agent. …We need someone to step up in that role, and we’re hoping it is Matt.”   

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.