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Redskins McCloughan addresses Chris Cooley speculation


Redskins McCloughan addresses Chris Cooley speculation

RICHMOND—A few days after losing two tight ends to season-ending injuries, the Redskins have begun the process of working out free agents.

If former fan favorite Chris Cooley is on their radar, GM Scot McCloughan isn’t saying.

“I’m not going there,” McCloughan said Sunday, asked to address speculation that Cooley could be in the mix.

Cooley, 33, told last week that he wants to return to his former team after two seasons out of the NFL. It’s unclear if the interest is mutual, and McCloughan declined to clear up the issue.

“Chris Cooley,” McCloughan added, “he’s a really good Redskin. He’s part of the Redskins still. I’m not going there.”

Starter Niles Paul was lost for the season Thursday when he suffered a serious ankle injury in Cleveland. No. 3 tight end, Logan Paulsen, is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his toe Monday. Both are expected to be placed on injured reserve later Sunday, a source told

The talented but-injury-prone Jordan Reed, meantime, is working his way back from a hamstring strain that sidelined him against the Browns. He said he hopes to return to practice Monday.

The loss of Paul and Paulsen, though, creates an immediate need at the position.

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The Redskins currently have four healthy tight ends on the roster—Reed, Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina. The latter three have no regular season experience.

“All three are competing, which I respect,” McCloughan said. “It’s a process of learning, how to do our system. I’m excited about them. They’re going to get a lot of reps now, especially in the games.”

Asked if he’d be comfortable if two of the youngsters made the 53-man roster, McCloughan said: “I can’t say that right now. We have three [preseason] games left. But as we speak this day, I would be.”   

On Sunday morning, McCloughan worked out two unidentified free agent tight ends following the walkthrough.

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.