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Redskins receivers post Instagram tribute for Tupac's birthday

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Redskins receivers post Instagram tribute for Tupac's birthday

BY PETER HAILEY

Rap legend Tupac Shakur would have turned 44 on Monday, and people around the world paid homage to the musical icon whose life ended tragically 19 years ago.

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other websites were filled with pictures of Shakur, as well as messages that lamented the rapper's death and quoted some of the artist's most famous lyrics. Fans of all ages and walks of life took time to remember Shakur -- showing just how wide his reach was -- including two current Redskins and a popular former one.

DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss all turned to Instagram and dedicated a post to Tupac. Jackson, who has many photos on his page of him next to some of today's top rappers, put up this picture of Shakur:

Rest In Paradise Big H0miE !! Greatest 2 eVer d0 it !! Happy G day !! 2pac

A photo posted by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Jun 16, 2015 at 2:00pm PDT

Next is Garçon, who posted a picture of lyrics from Shakur's "Keep Ya Head Up":

A photo posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT

And finally, Moss, a fan favorite for the last decade who won't be returning to the team for an 11th season, posted this picture in honor of Shakur.

Tupac is consistently ranked as one of the most influential rap artists of all time, and going by the messages left on social media by Jackson, Garçon and Moss, it's obvious that his music influenced these Redskins.

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

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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.

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