Quick Links

Redskins confident that Junior Galette will return, make impact in 2016


Redskins confident that Junior Galette will return, make impact in 2016

INDIANAPOLIS—The Redskins expect to get pass rusher Junior Galette back on the field—and under contract—without encountering any hiccups, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.

“[Galette’s] rehab is coming along great,” Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I see him in [the training room] every morning. He’s excited to get back on the field.”

The Redskins signed Galette last July, but the former New Orleans standout suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon during practice in late August. Without him, Washington finished tied for 14th in sacks with 38. It represented a small improvement over 2014, but it still was 14 fewer than the league-leading Broncos’ total.

Getting Galette back and lining the 27-year-old up across from Ryan Kerrigan could help the Redskins close that gap. At least, that’s the plan.

“I feel good about getting Junior back. I really do,” Gruden said. “We didn’t have him very long on the field, unfortunately. But he showed enough on the field that he can be a force for us when he’s right. He’s doing everything he can to get his body right, and now it’s a matter of getting him signed to our football team. I feel good about our chances in doing that, but you never know.”

Galette, who had the Redskins’ logo tattooed on his biceps, is an unrestricted free agent. The Redskins, however, have the first right of refusal, which likely makes it a matter of when, not if, he’s re-signed.

GM Scot McCloughan said Galette and cornerback Chris Culliver, who is recovering from a knee injury, are both ahead of schedule.

“The thing that’s really good right now is that we’ve got a really good medical staff, trainers and doctors that are tracking them daily and letting me know if they’re ahead of pace, behind pace, and they’re both definitely ahead of pace,” he said, also speaking at the Combine. “Again, it’s one of the parts of the job that you never really know until you put the pads back on and get out there. But I feel very comfortable with both of them coming back. They’re going to be good football players for us.”

Quick Links

Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington

Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


Quick Links

2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

USA Today

2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?