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OPEN THREAD: Redskins need run game help, but can they trust Matt Jones?


OPEN THREAD: Redskins need run game help, but can they trust Matt Jones?

Despite the focus of the coaching staff for two weeks during the bye, the Redskins run game remained off-track in New England. Washington managed just 37 yards on the ground against the Patriots, continuing a troubling trend for the team's impotent rush attack. In their last four games, Washington has failed to crack 52 yards on the ground. 

More troubling, while it appears rookie Matt Jones has more burst and vision than veteran Alfred Morris does, the Redskins have a trust issue with Jones. 

Sunday in New England, Jones lost a fumble, his third of the season. What's worse, it seems Jones' fumbles come at the worst times for the Redskins, particularly in losses. Against New England, Jones put the ball on the ground to end a promising Redskins drive, and all 'Skins fans remember the fumble in New York as he was jumping into the end zone.


It's fairly obvious Jones has been running better than Morris of late. On 74 attempts, Jones has rushed for 276 yards and three TDs, good for a 3.73 yards per carry average. So far this season, Morris has rushed 95 times for 312 yards, good for a 3.3 YPC.

What's worse, when the Redskins have slumped in the run game the last four games, Morris' numbers have been really poor. In the last four games, Morris has rushed 29 times for just 51 yards. That's a 1.75 YPC average. 

The offensive line has dealt with a number of injuries during that time, and in some of those games the score required the 'Skins to abandon the commitment to the run game. The struggles do not all fall on Morris, but the numbers also hold weight.

Does Washington need more from Jones? Yes. But can Jay Gruden trust the rookie? Remains to be seen. An early reputation as a fumbler will put a running back in a coach's doghouse, and once there, it can be awfully tough to get out.

Is it time for the Skins to give Jones more work? Or are the fumble concerns too important? Let us know in the comments. 

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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