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Sav Rocca punting despite torn meniscus

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Sav Rocca punting despite torn meniscus

Sav Rocca has been punting the past two weeks with a torn meniscus in the knee on his kicking leg, Coach Mike Shanahan revealed Monday. 

Shanahan said he doesn’t know if the injury contributed to Rocca’s 12-yard punt in the second quarter of Sunday's loss that allowed the Steelers to begin a scoring drive on their own 45-yard line. But the coach admires the punter's toughness.

“Sav knows you can’t have a 12-yard net punt,” Shanahan said. “He has been very consistent. He’s the best punter I’ve been around since I’ve been in the National Football League.”

Which might explain why the team is allowing Rocca to punt through an injury he sustained earlier this month while jogging. The Redskins brought in three punters for tryouts prior to the Giants game but elected to stick with Rocca.

Shanahan added that doctors have told the veteran punter that he can’t make the injury to his right knee any worse. 

“He’s tough,” Shanahan said. “A lot of players wouldn’t even be trying to punt in the condition he’s in with the torn meniscus. He’s fighting thought it. He knows he can’t make it any worse than it is. I just hope that there is no setback the rest of the season and he keeps on punting at the level he’s been punting for us since he’s been here.”

Rocca’s other punts were 52, 41 and 46 yards, the last of which was returned for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. The score, however, was negated because of an illegal block on the Steelers.

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Redskins safety Montae Nicholson arrested on assault charges

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Redskins safety Montae Nicholson arrested on assault charges

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested on assault charges early Tuesday morning in Loudoun County, Va.

The 23-year-old Nicholson was charged with assault and battery and public intoxication following an incident on the morning of Dec. 18 at the One Loudon development.

A female suspect, 24-year-old Sydney A. Maggiore of Vienna, Va. was reportedly with Nicholson at the scene. 

According to police, via NBC 4,  the incident began after Nicholson and a women "pulled up in a vehicle and honked the horn" at a man and women.

"We are aware of the arrest of Montae Nicholson," Redskins spokesman Tony Wylie said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "We are gathering more information and will not comment until we have further details.”

Nicholson started the first seven games of the 2018 season and has appeared in all 14, amassing 21 solo tackles. The Redskins selected Nicholson out of Michigan State in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Despite broken leg, belief growing that Colt McCoy will return for Week 17

Despite broken leg, belief growing that Colt McCoy will return for Week 17

A few weeks back when Jay Gruden explained that his Redskins decided not to place quarterback Colt McCoy on the injured reserve list despite a broken leg, most greeted the news with a scoff. 

Surely, McCoy would not actually return to play again in 2018 after suffering the broken fibula in early December. It's a broken leg, and only four games remained on the schedule. 

Well, think again. Asked the odds of McCoy's return for Week 17 on a scale of 1-10, Gruden didn't hesitate.

"I’d say 10 for Colt," the coach said. "That’s just my opinion. I just think Colt’s a crazy dude."

While Josh Johnson played reasonably well in a Week 14 win in Jacksonville, McCoy knows the Redskins offensive system inside and out. If he can get back on the field, it could be a big boost for Washington. 

That doesn't mean Gruden will push it though.

"It wouldn’t surprise me either way. It’s a tough injury to come back from and if he can’t make it back we won’t force him back," Gruden said via the Redskins Talk podcast. "It’s all up to the doctors. It’s not up to me. It’s up to the doctors. Even if Colt says, ‘hey, i can go, I can go,’ it’ will be up to the doctors."

In limited action over three games, McCoy is completing 63 percent of his passes for 373 yards with three TDs and three interceptions. 

Might the playoffs be a part of McCoy's quest to return? Sure, but Gruden made clear that won't skew his decision to bring him back. 

"If it’s safe for him to play, then of course he will play," Gruden said. "If there’s any kind of risk whatsoever there’s not a chance I will let him play."

The Redskins face the Titans on Saturday night in Nashville. Sitting at 7-7, Gruden's team is competing for the final NFC Wild Card spot, as well as holding an outside chance to get back in the NFC East contest. 

To make the playoffs, the overwhelming odds suggest the 'Skins need to win their remaining two games, in Tennessee and home for a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles. 

If Johnson pulls off another win this weekend, on the road, it's possible Gruden might want to ride the hot hand. For now, however, the coach isn't worried about that possible scenario. The team is just focused on the Titans. 

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