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Second Cousins! Nationals draft Kirk Cousins's cousin, Jake Cousins, in 20th round

Second Cousins! Nationals draft Kirk Cousins's cousin, Jake Cousins, in 20th round

Second Cousins in Washington! Not second cousins meaning the children of your parents' first cousins. Second Cousins meaning a second member of the Cousins family has been drafted by a D.C. team. 

The Nationals selected Jake Cousins, the cousin of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, today in the 20th round of the MLB draft.

For the purposes of clarity, this post will break with style to refer to them as Kirk and Jake – rather than cousins Cousins and Cousins – from here on out. 

Kirk congratulated his cousin on Twitter once he found out the Nats drafted Jake. 

Jake's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, also shared the news. 

Even the official Twitter account of the MLB Draft got a kick out of the whole thing. 

Here's what you should know about Jake. 

He's a right-handed pitcher from the Chicago area (Kirk grew up there, as well) who's 6-4 and 180 pounds.

According to his bio on the Penn athletics website, Jake was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy League selection in 2017 and was the team's ace pitcher. 

He finished his senior season with a 7-2 record in 11 starts and a 3.15 ERA. His career 2.91 ERA is sixth best in the history of Penn's baseball program. 

The Nationals are in dire need of bullpen help. While the odds aren't in Jake's favor to crack the Nats roster this season, current closer Koda Glover made his major league debut one year and one month after being taken in the 10th round of the 2015 draft. 

Whatever happens, it's shaping up to be an exciting year for the Cousins cousins.

MORE REDSKINS: So what do Redskins front office moves mean for Kirk Cousins?

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


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


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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