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Redskins issue statement regarding national anthem protests

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Redskins issue statement regarding national anthem protests

Following President Donald Trump's Saturday comments about NFL players protesting the national anthem, Sunday of Week 3 featured numerous silent protrsts from players and coaches. 

Some took a knee while others stood, but locking arms. Some never got off the bench while others stood tall, fists raised in the air.

Off the field, countless teams issued official statements regarding player involvment.

Prior to the kickoff of their Sunday Night Football game against the Raiders, the Redskins issued a statement of their own.

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"Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievment. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the live of others in neighborhoods all across our region.

"We are also frateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redskins will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community.

During the pregame festivites on Sunday night, the entire Redskins team linked arms as a show of solidarity. Several players took a knee during the national anthem

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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: Montez Sweat and N'Keal Harry are productive for different reasons

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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: Montez Sweat and N'Keal Harry are productive for different reasons

NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.

Montez Sweat and N'Keal Harry both produced a ton at their respective schools and, because of that production, are enticing prospects for NFL teams.

Their skillsets and the reasons they were productive, though, are quite different. That also means the biggest question facing them as they transition to Sundays is quite different, too.

At Mississippi State, Sweat terrorized opposing QBs in both 2017 and 2018, racking up sacks and tackles for loss. He did so thanks to his body type and a surplus of athleticism and burst.

"I see a talent, similar to Danielle Hunter out of LSU, with above-average length and a prospect who should continue to grow into his frame, allowing him to unleash his rush flashes into a consistent attack," Lance Zierlein writes in his evaluation of the edge rusher.

If you didn't hear about Sweat during his college career, you almost certainly know him now thanks to his NFL Combine performance, where he ran the 40-yard dash in a truly absurd 4.41 seconds and checked in with a wild wingspan. He's rising up boards as much as anyone right now thanks to his effort in Indy.

When it comes to most of his physical tools, you can't ask for much more out of a defender. According to Zierlein, however, he could stand to clean things up technically.

"Some will see Sweat as a leggy edge prospect with average play strength and a lack of refinement in his pass rush. ... His transition as an NFL rusher will take some time."

Harry, on the other hand, is almost the opposite. The receiver from Arizona State isn't a freak at all compared to his peers, but when it comes to winning with details and technique, he's fantastic.

"Back-shoulder boss who thrives with contested catch opportunities outside the numbers but lacks explosive traits," says Zierlein. "Harry's ability to body-up opponents and win with ball skills is undeniable, but his inability to find a threatening top gear or shake loose from tight man coverage must be accounted for within his new employer's scheme."

While Sweat's 40-time was in the 99th percentile for his position, for example, Harry's was only in the 45th. But Harry is strong and was about as reliable on the outside as you can be for the Sun Devils the past two years. 

If these two make it to Washington at No. 15, it'll be a very intriguing choice. Both play positions of extreme need and both have a track record of success.

The debate for them, of course, is: Do you take the rare, rare athlete and hope he can become more polished, or take the polished player and hope he can get by without top speed? 

You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.

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Colt McCoy is on crutches, but there isn't yet cause for alarm (VIDEO)

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Colt McCoy is on crutches, but there isn't yet cause for alarm (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Redskins fans got alarmed Sunday when quarterback Colt McCoy showed up at an Indy car race on crutches.

What?

McCoy broke his leg in December on the Monday night stage against the Eagles, but was seen a few weeks later walking around the locker room without a limp.

Thus, the crutches seemed alarming.

Later Sunday, news emerged that McCoy had another surgical procedure on his leg, but is expected to be ready when the 'Skins offseason workouts begin.

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Colt McCoy broke his leg in December, and a few weeks later was seen in the Redskins locker room moving around without crutches. 

In fact, shortly after his injury, Washington head coach Jay Gruden said that McCoy might have played had the Redskins made the playoffs. 

So it comes at a peculiar moment when McCoy was shown on Sunday moving around with the help of a pair of crutches. 

With Alex Smith expected to miss at least the 2019 season after suffering his own broken leg last fall, some expected McCoy to get a chance at the Redskins top QB spot this fall. 

Then, the team moved to get Case Keenum from Denver in February, which clouded McCoy’s chances. Washington’s top brass explained Keenum and McCoy would battle it out for the QB1 position. 

Now, however, naturally the question comes if the ‘Skins had to acquire Keenum because there was a setback with McCoy’s recovery or another injury popped up. 

Right now, there’s no answer. 

Soon there will be. 

Jay Gruden will talk with the media on Tuesday morning during the NFL League Meetings in Phoenix. While there are plenty of topics to discuss with the Redskins head coach, now McCoy will be high on the list. 

For fans worried by McCoy’s crutches, keep in mind many NFL players get procedures done in the offseason to clean up old injuries or scar tissue. 

It’s March and the Redskins won’t play a game until September. That’s plenty of time. 

Depending on the severity of McCoy’s situation, there could be questions about his availability for offseason workouts or training sessions. 

Another quarterback seems likely to join the Redskins this offseason regardless of McCoy’s availability. 

The team must add a passer on an affordable rookie deal, as neither Keenum or McCoy is under contract beyond this year. Alex Smith is, but it’s not even close to a given he can return by 2020, despite carrying more than $20 million in salary next year. 

Stay tuned. NBC Sports Washington will be on the ground in Phoenix and working to clarify the McCoy situation. 

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