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One Panthers rookie used his cleats to take a shot at Josh Norman

One Panthers rookie used his cleats to take a shot at Josh Norman

Panthers rookie Daryl Worley had a relatively quiet night against the Redskins Monday. Panthers rookie Daryl Worley's cleats, however, most certainly did not.

According to some photos that made their way around social media before and after Carolina's victory, Worley wore multiple pairs of shoes featuring references to Batman. Batman, of course, just so happens to be someone Josh Norman has shown an affinity for in the past, often calling himself "The Dark Knight." (Worley, for the record, is a huge fan, too).

Here's one set, which features the phrase, "Will the real Batman please stand up?":

Then there are these cleats, one of which is Batman-themed, while the other is all about the Joker (picture courtesy of Jesse Fraetis):

A review of photos taken during the matchup make it seem as if Worley rocked the first pair after kickoff, and the second pair in warm ups. He was asked about his footwear after the final whistle, and despite the fact that his choices came off as an obvious shot at the ex-Panther who he's largely been tasked with replacing, he opted not to escalate things any further.

To wrap things up, it bears mentioning that Worley didn't confine those "fun and games" to just the field. He also jabbed Norman with this tweet, which partially quotes a lyric from rap song "I Got the Keys," in which Jay Z raps, "I perform like Josh Norman, I ain't normal."

Kids have no respect for their elders these days, huh?


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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 


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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR


With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.