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Message stays the same: Gruden happy with Redskins win, focus on next week


Message stays the same: Gruden happy with Redskins win, focus on next week

For weeks, Jay Gruden has kept his message clear: The Redskins goal of making the playoffs is still in front of them. After a particularly devastating loss Monday night to the Cowboys, a win in Chicago helped a lot. That it came on the road, the first victory away from FedEx Field, made it even sweeter.

"We have everything we want still in front of us," Gruden said following the 24-21 Washington win. "Keeps us alive, keeps our heart beating."

The Redskins win keeps the team in first place in the NFC East, and with tiebreakers over the Giants and the Eagles, Gruden's squad will maintain first place regardless what else happens this weekend. The Eagles won at home against the Bills, the team the 'Skins will face next week at home.

"These guys are resilient," Gruden said of his team.

And he was right. Late in the second half it seemed the momentum had completely left the Redskins sideline and was firmly on the Bears side. When Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery for a big gain late in the fourth quarter, it seemed the game was at least headed to overtime. But when Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed the potential tying field goal, hooking the ball left, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had the ball with a chance to put the game away.

And they did. A week after losing a tight game, the 'Skins put the Bears on ice, pounding the ball on the ground with Matt Jones for a first down that allowed Washington to line up in the victory formation.

"I like the way our team fought," Gruden said. "We overcame some adversity."

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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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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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