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No surgery coming for Jordan Reed's shoulder, but range of motion limited to 30 percent

No surgery coming for Jordan Reed's shoulder, but range of motion limited to 30 percent

For Redskins fans, the impressive performance from Jordan Reed on Thanksgiving also brought with it a downside. Playing through a separated shoulder, Reed was obviously in pain, and the team certainly needs their star tight end the remainder of the season to make a playoff run.

Monday, Reed was at Redskins practice, though not participating. He addressed the media after the session, and while he provided few immediate answers, one big hurdle was avoided: Reed does not require surgery.

"It's probably about 30 percent range of motion right now," Reed said. "I don’t throw the ball, so I don’t need surgery."

Reed explained that playing in the second half of Washington's loss in Dallas did not make the Grade 3 AC Joint injury worse, and he credited his faith for being able to get through 30 minutes of football without any big hits on his shoulder.

Moving forward remains a question, including this weekend against Arizona.

"If I’m able to do it I’m going to play," he said of facing the Cardinals on Sunday. "It's day by day right now, I'm still trying to figure that out."

Managing pain, strength in the shoulder and range of motion will be the most important factors to determine if Reed can go in Arizona. Gameday adrenaline also helps, Reed explained, but he added the 'Skins franchise won't let him play if the tight end is not ready to go. 

Both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins expressed shock that Reed went back in the game against the Cowboys, but for Reed, the decision was about being there to help his teammates. 

"They trust me to be available in certain situations," Reed said. "I wanted to be out there."

The trick now for Reed will be resting the shoulder enough to regain range of motion, but not resting too much as to lose strength. The tight end explained that he tries not to wear a sling to force himself to hold his arm up, keeping his strength in the shoulder. 

Simple things like getting dressed and even sleeping are painful for Reed right now, though he admitted he is getting extra help around the house.

"It was definitely uncomfortable to reach over my head," he said. "It's pretty painful right now."

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Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

When Carletha "Nana" West was growing up, she began to take an interest in football. In particular, she took notice of a certain Redskins quarterback. 

"When Sammy Baugh was quarterback I liked him and I was just learning football at that time," West said. "I was young myself."

Baugh commanded the Redskins offense from 1937-1952 and became one of West's favorite player. With that, her fandom for the Redskins grew.

Decades later, her love for the Redskins remains. So for her 107th birthday -- yes, 107th -- she, of course, celebrated it with some Burgundy and Gold festivities.

Joined by Redskins GM Bruce Allen, West took in her birthday on Thursday, July 18, at Brandywine in Alexandria, Va. Not only was she given a customized Redskins jersey with the number 107 and the name "Nana", but West also got a day named after her. In Alexandria, July 18 will now be known as Carletha "Nana" West Day.

West spent some time reminiscing about her years as a Redskins fan, singing 'Hail to the Redskins' and even sharing her advice on how to live a long, fulfilling life. Besides loving football, she shared some simple words of wisdom.

"Make friends," West said. "And keep them."


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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

If Josh Norman wasn't a cornerback for the Redskins, he could have become a world-class spy.

In a hilarious clip from the Amazon Prime show "All or Nothing" which documented the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 NFL season, Norman is heard talking on the phone with former Carolina teammates Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, just days before the Redskins and Panthers faced each other on the gridiron. 

After Kuechly and Newton made fun of him for looking "fat," Newton asked the pair, "Hey is [Greg] Olsen playing this week?"

Olsen, Carolina's Pro Bowl tight end, had missed the Panthers' previous three games due to a foot injury. 

"Nope," an unsuspecting Kuechly immediately replied. Oops! 

"Come on, bro. You can't tell. That was stupid," Newton said before the three burst into laughter over the slip-up. 

"Now you've got to tell us something about y'all," Newton said to Norman after they had finally recovered. "You starting at cornerback this week?"

Ouch! Norman had just been benched in the second half of the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the Saints, Newton showing no mercy to his ex-teammate.

However, Norman got his revenge that Sunday, picking off Newton in the first quarter of a 23-17 Redskins win. And ironically Olsen ended up playing, catching four passes for 48 yards.

Maybe Norman wouldn't make that great a spy after all. But in any case, it was he and the Redskins who got the last laugh that week. Newton, Kuechly, and the Panthers will get a chance to answer back when Washington and Carolina square off on Dec. 1.