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Redskins' Reed progressing but still not practicing

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Redskins' Reed progressing but still not practicing

Jordan Reed continues to make strides in his recovery from a concussion, but he still hasn't been cleared to practice.

On Wednesday, the Redskins tight end he watched from the sideline and attended meetings—things he was not permitted to do last week. 

“It’s a very positive step,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Reed's increased involvement. “To get him back out here and let him come to meetings is the first step back to recovery.”

Reed suffered the fourth diagnosed concussion of his career against late against the Eagles and has been sidelined since. The third-year player, who missed the final six games of his rookie season with a concussion, cannot suit up for a game until he’s been cleared by an independent doctor.

“The whole concussion protocol thing is something we have to take very seriously for each individual player,” Gruden said earlier this week. “Each individual instance is its own entity and we’ll have to go from there. We are optimistic…but he still has to pass all the tests.”

Reed’s importance to the Redskins’ offense can’t be overstated. In fact, he still leads the team in receiving yards (278) and first downs (18), despite missing Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

For now, however, Gruden can only wait and hope.

 “It’s a process and we just have to wait and see,” Gruden said. “It’s out of our hands as far as how he’s feeling. It’s up to Jordan and the doctor [as to] when he gets cleared.”

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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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