Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 10, four days before the Redskins take on the 4-1 Vikings at FedEx Field.RG3 is day to dayAs we reported last night, Robert Griffin III will be on the practice field today as the Redskins begin their preparations to play the Vikings on Sunday. That does not mean that it is certain that Griffin will be behind center for that game.After practice today, Griffin will have to be examined to see if any concussion-related issues surfaced during the physical exertion. If he is determined to be OK, he will be able to practice on Thursday and he will be examined again after that. If he gets through that, he can go on Friday. Another exam will be needed after that the clear him to play on Sunday.So, while Griffin passing the initial hurdle is a good sign but it is only a first step. It is not unheard of for a player to feel fine shortly after being concussed, get through the next few days with no problems and then suddenly symptoms appear later in the week. Vikings a surprising 4-1I dont think anyone thought that the Vikings would come into this game with only one loss; they are the NFLs surprise team in 2012.They are not doing it with smoke and mirrors. Christian Ponder is completing 69 percent of his passes and has six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Adrian Peterson is defying the conventional wisdom by playing at a high level just nine months after suffering a devastating knee injury at FedEx Field. On defense, they stop the run and get after the quarterback.Their record is not built on the back of NFL weaklings. They handed the 49ers their only loss and went on the road to beat the Lions. If the Redskins are going to stop their eight-game home losing streak they will have to play flawless football.Todays schedule11:15Open locker room1:00Practice (closed to the media after first 30 minutes)After practice (approx. 3:00) Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan news conferencesIn case you missed itTarik grades the Redskins vs. the Falcons:Offense,defense,special teamsDays until:Vikings @ Redskins 4; RG3s first division game @ Giants 22; Redskins @ Steelers 18; Thanksgiving Redskins @ Cowboys 43
ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles, where he got the chance to interview the three Redskins rookies in attendance: Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Bryce Love.
Berry, who was a guest of JP Finlay's on the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday, has been a fan of the Burgundy and Gold since he was a kid, so he was eager to talk to three of the team's newest players and learn more about them.
It was during those interviews where Berry got a quick glimpse of a side of Haskins that now has Berry really excited.
"I thought what was really cool was... When I was interviewing McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins came in and interrupted the interview to give him some crap," he told Finlay. "It was really a wonderful moment to see. Obviously, they know each other very well from Ohio State, but just the fact that they felt comfortable enough and he wanted to come over and mess with him a little bit and have some fun, I was impressed with that."
Once Haskins left, Berry explained how he asked McLaurin about the interaction. Redskins fans will like McLaurin's answer.
"That's Dwayne, Dwayne is being a leader," McLaurin said, per Berry.
Haskins did something similar to Love during Love's interview as well. Berry even caught up with Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who also played with the QB at Ohio State, to inquire about the 15th overall pick.
"I asked him, 'Listen, I'm a diehard Redskins fan, what am I getting?'" Berry said. "He couldn't have been more effusive. 'You're not only getting a guy who puts the ball where you want it, but you're getting a leader. You're getting a guy who makes sure everyone in the huddle is included.'"
You can be skeptical of how much these little moments mean, and that's fair. Ultimately, how quickly Haskins picks up Jay Gruden's playbook and how accurate his arm turns out to be will factor more into his success in the NFL than being able to joke around a bit with some of his guys.
But you can also hope that these little moments are hints of a bigger personality and approach, a look into an athlete who can get a football team to buy into him. That's the side Berry is on.
"I thought that was really cool, and just showed somebody who's very comfortable in the leadership position and who's trying to be inclusive of everyone," he said. "It's early in the process, but I have yet to hear somebody on or off the record say something bad about Dwayne Haskins."
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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.
Things got HEATED between Josh Norman and Taylor Lewan postgame. pic.twitter.com/HXCE6zRSzj— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) December 23, 2018
"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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