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Need to Know:The Redskins week that was—Who's up and down, surprising Davis stat

Need to Know:The Redskins week that was—Who's up and down, surprising Davis stat

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 1, 26 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 181 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 71 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 16
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 40
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 63

The Redskins week that was

Three Redskins who are up, three who are down—Even during the offseason, players’ fortunes ebb and flow. While some of these guys who find themselves down at this moment in time, things can change in a hurry in training camp. Well, except Maybe for Matt Jones. It’s hard to see things getting better for Jones.

Carr extension has some good news for Redskins but Cousins deal will still cost dearly—There were a few Cousins extension related posts that were near the top in traffic but I chose just one to represent all of them. It’s the No. 1 story around the NFL right now so you can expect to see a lot more about it. But do note that we at CSN are writing about plenty of other things besides the ins and outs of the Cousins talks.

Vernon Davis led the NFL in 2016 in one surprising stat—I must say, JP did not oversell in this headline. It was surprising that the 32-year-old Davis led the league in this category despite his part-time status.

True or False: Terrelle Pryor will be Redskins leading receiver—One of a debate series that JP and I will do between now and training camp. One of us thinks that Pryor will lead the team in catches. The other one thinks that Cousins will tend to lean on more familiar targets, giving a holdover pass catcher a better shot at leading the team. What do you think will happen?

Backup center remains a question for the Redskins—See, we put up different topics, including the least sexy of them, and our readers click on them. I think that backup center is an under the radar issue and it may not be fully sorted out until September.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

If the NFL is going to pull off a season during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most important factors will be players, coaches and staff remaining diligent when it comes to how they handle themselves outside the facility. One wrong choice could lead to an outbreak in the locker room.

In order to try and keep that scenario from playing out, the league has shared a list of fineable violations related to COVID-19 conduct for the 2020 season. The activities mentioned in a memo sent to teams are considered high risk.

The updated list of offenses includes attending a nightclub, bar, house gathering or sporting event in which the player does not have protective equipment and/or is in a situation where there are more than 10 people and social distancing is not possible. As NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero noted, a church is not considered to be an area of high risk that could result in a penalty.

Should a player break one of these rules, they could be subjected to a fine of one week's salary, or they could be suspended without pay for a maximum of four weeks. Pelissero also reported that non-player employees of the team such as coaches and medical staff could be given similar punishments.

RELATED: WASHINGTON LB JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS OPTS OUT OF SEASON

Major League Baseball is currently dealing with outbreaks on multiple teams, including a situation with the St. Louis Cardinals in which it was reported that some players had left the team hotel to go to a casino. Clearly, the NFL is trying to make sure that idea is never considered by its players. 

In the week-plus since training camp began, the league has already seen numerous positives pop up across the league, as players are being sent to the COVID-19 reserve list on the daily. At the same time, a population of the players has opted out of the season amid concerns about their health and safety. Any others considering a similar course of action will have until Thursday, August 6, to do so.

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Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

The NFL has officially decided on an opt-out date for the 2020 season.

All players across the league will have to make their final decision on whether to play or not in 2020 by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thus far, over 40 players have opted out of the 2020 season. While the NFL has yet to see any major stars decide to forego football this fall, notable names such as C.J. Mosley, Damien Williams and Michael Pierce have all decided not to play.

RELATED: JACK DEL RIO KEEPS OPINION OF PLAYERS OPTING OUT TO HIMSELF

On Monday, the Washington Football Team announced that linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out, becoming the team's second player to do so. Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who was deemed high-risk to play in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, announced he would skip the 2020 season last week.

In Baltimore, the Ravens have seen two players opt out so far: De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season due to the virus. Several NBA players chose not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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