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Remembering some of the best leaps in recent DC sports history

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Remembering some of the best leaps in recent DC sports history

A quick Google search reveals that Leap Years occur to keep our calendars and time-keeping in line with the Earth's orbit around the sun — or something like that.

But instead of wasting more time trying to explain this once-every-four-years occurrence, let's just use it as an excuse to celebrate some of the best leaps featuring D.C. sports teams in recent history instead.

Redskins

  • 2016 is a Leap Year, but 2015 was a Jordan Reed year. The Redskins' tight end went off in his third career season with the Burgundy and Gold, and after catching the game-winning touchdown in the "You like that!" matchup with the Buccaneers, a top moment of the team's campaign, Reed triumphantly left his feet after crossing the goal line. Here's the image, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports' Tommy Gilligan:

  • Another Washington pass catcher also has a penchant for making highlights when leaving his feet. Pierre Garçon has made a few sweet leaping grabs during his time with the Redskins, including on the first touchdown of RG3's career, versus the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, and this one in 2015's season finale against Dallas (from USA TODAY Sports' Tim Heitman):

Wizards

  • John Wall is a pretty prolific dunker, especially for a point guard. Back in 2014, the Wizards' star won the NBA's Dunk Contest, partly in thanks to this fantastic finish, in which he clears another human before reversing one home:

  • Wall's backcourt mate Bradley Beal has one of the prettiest jumpers in the Association, so basically, every time he gets off the ground to shoot, it's a gift sent directly to each viewer's eyeballs. Tremendous stills like this one from Gilligan are commonplace when #3 rises up to let one go:

Capitals

  • It's difficult to jump in skates, but during a December contest versus the Sabres, Caps goalie Braden Holtby leapt across his crease to prevent a goal and make a ridiculous save in Buffalo. It was borderline robbery, as this video shows.

Nationals

  • In one of the most iconic nights in franchise history, Jayson Werth belted a walk-off home run in the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals to keep his team alive. Sure, the series didn't exactly end well for Washington, but this photo, from USA TODAY Sports' Joy R. Absalon, is one that will make any fan's heart feel all warm and tingly inside: 

 

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.

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