Notes from the second and, as Mike Shanahan announced, final practice of the Redskins' minicamp. Since tweeting is not allowed from practice the notes are presented in Twitter-sized bites.--Orakpo looks great on his feet, very vocal, still being limited in team drills due to torn pectoral in season finale.--D-line and some of the backers working on some pre snap shifts. They need all of this to be second nature by the time preseason games start.--As one might guess, RG3 and Kyle are pretty well joined at the hip out here on the field. A Constant stream of feedback from teacher to pupil.--Generally speaking the run pursuit by the defense has bee excellent with a lot of hustle to the ball No pads, no contact so no grand conclusions can be drawn but still good to see. --Rob Jackson is one player who can keep up with Griffin when he's rolling out. The QB had to throw the ball away as he was running out of room. Not that Jackson could win a foot race with RG3 but he is quick and has good lateral speed.--Only surprise nonparticipant is Cooley. We will ask Shanahan about him after practice but expect it is precautionary.--Richard Crawford had both hands on a pass near the sideline and could nor hold on. It would have been a nice grab but players like Crawford need to make plays like that.--A bit of excess celebration among a few receivers after Austin caught a long TD pass from Rex. It was a Fun Bunch revival, a group high five that might be worth the 15 yards if it happened in a game.--Nice pass from Cousins to Robinson. Cousins rolled out and launched the pass just before going out of bounds at about the 45. Robinson made the grab just short of the end zone.--Rackers nails a 50-yarder right down the middle with plenty to spare. As Shanny said yesterday the competition will go all the way to the very end.---Cousins displays a good arm and quick release with passes to Paulsen and Darius Hanks.--RG3 not having one of those "can complete every pass and do anything" days. He is just flat missing some receivers. He does not look happy as he takes a break on the sideline.--Not a whole lot of action for Minnifield today. I think they saw what they needed to see yesterday.--Nice long pass from Rex to Paul but the play took so long to develop that the QB would have been sacked twice in the time it took to get rid of it.--It continues to not be Griffin's day Hall with an easy pick of an RG3 pass. QB rolled out and threw it right to the CB.Post practice--Shanahan said that the players will meet in the morning, do a workout, but there will be no practice.--Shanahan said that Cooley was out due to a minor hamstring pull. He probably would have gone if it was the regular season.--Shanahan said that he expects all injured players to be ready for the start of training camp.--Santana Moss said, The defense got the better of the offense today.
NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha... take your time... I wish you the best— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 25, 2019
I been speaking on how I feel for a long time...it takes somebody like Andrew luck for y’all to respect it... https://t.co/JAQnVBvorq— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 25, 2019
Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.
Wow... always enjoyed playing against him since high school! Wish him the best. https://t.co/J3MqtXQZtN— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) August 25, 2019
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
Colts fans boo-ing Andrew Luck as he walks into the Lockeroom.— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) August 25, 2019
Coach always said, “the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs” pic.twitter.com/awT6yHCikY
That’s bad to boo that man https://t.co/13qVB8FHIl— Chris Baker (@cbakerswaggy) August 25, 2019
Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.
Any athlete in any sport that has had a major injury understands exactly where Andrew Luck is mentally— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) August 25, 2019
All of you NFL FANS, would you consider Andrew Luck a bust?? The NFL, all the pundits, and even I thought he was a can’t miss. You never know!!! Let me hear your comments. The best ability is AVAILABILITY!! Mentally drained???? #NFL #football #toughgame #toughguys #QB— Brian Mitchell (@BMitchliveNBCS) August 25, 2019
The one time I played Andrew Luck he came up to me after the game and said “hey 51 I love the way you play” one of the best compliments I have ever received. Happy retirement 12— Kyle Emanuel (@KyleEmanuel51) August 25, 2019
Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."
I’m literally shook right now https://t.co/NwxoKQJp0v— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 25, 2019
At a loss for words.— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 25, 2019
We love you Andrew 🙏
Just listened to Lucks retirement. I am shocked just as you are but I 100% understand, support & applaud. We play a kids game for a living & there is a wonderful life to be lived outside of football. Thank you Andrew for being a warrior & being a great teammate. Love you brother.— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 25, 2019
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Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
People who thought I had ill intent don’t know me for one.. and probably haven’t played football past high school.— Keanu Neal (@Keanu_Neal) August 24, 2019
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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