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Redskins’ Gruden: Forbath’s issues ‘a little puzzling’

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Redskins’ Gruden: Forbath’s issues ‘a little puzzling’

RICHMOND -- Sure, it’s just practice (insert Alan Iverson voice here). But Jay Gruden doesn’t like what he has been seeing from kicker Kai Forbath during training camp.

“A little bit, because the strength of Kai’s game is his accuracy,” Gruden said before Monday’s practice when he was asked about Forbath going a cumulative 14 for 20 on field goals at the end of practice (tracked by Mike Jones of the Post). “That’s surprising right now, but we’ve just got to get his confidence up. We’ll have him kick some today and hopefully he knocks them all through. Kai has been a very accurate kicker for this organization for a long time and it’s a little puzzling right now that he’s missed some kicks that he normally makes.”

Forbath expresses some concern about his performance as well.

“I’ve definitely got to pick up the consistency,” he said. “I’ve had some good days and bad days and I expect to be better. Just trying to come out here today and have a solid day.”

Forbath did kick after he and Gruden spoke to the media and he did have a solid day. He was perfect on four kicks from 34, 36, 43, and 45 yards.

But that sill leaves him 18 for 24 since the start of camp, a 75 percent success rate that is considerably below his career 88.1 percent rate.

Even before Forbath’s turnaround performance on Monday, Gruden didn’t seem to be panicking or on the verge of getting Scot McCloughan to get on the phone to line up some free agent kickers for tryouts. Gruden has said that Forbath has a tendency to look bad in practice before coming through during games that count.

The preseason opener against the Browns on Thursday doesn’t really count but Gruden thinks that the atmosphere will help Forbath.

“I think that will help once he knocks a couple through in a game-type situation,” said Gruden. “I think that will help his confidence. Out here he’s struggled a little bit for a starting kicker in the NFL. It’s important for him to get in some kind of rhythm where he gets that confidence back.”

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

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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

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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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