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Shanahan on Brown: Update coming Tuesday

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Shanahan on Brown: Update coming Tuesday

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday he did not have an update on ailing right tackle Jammal Brown, who is on the physically unable to perform list after aggravating a hip injury on Wednesday.Shanahan said Brown has decided to see his personal doctor in New York, and the doctor is not available until Tuesday, which has holding up a diagnosis.Ill be able to speak with you after that, Shanahan said.For the second consecutive day, Tyler Polumbus lined up with the first team and appears to be the leading candidate to replace Brown if the injury turns out to be serious.The prognosis for safety Tanard Jackson, meantime, was much clearer. Jackson, who is also on the PUP list, is expected to return to the field on Monday, Shanahan said. Jackson is sidelined with a calf strain he suffered during OTAs.With that calf -- it looked pretty good -- but the trainers just thought maybe 24 hours would help it a little more, Shanahan said. Hopefully Monday hell be able to go full speed.Some other items of interest from Shanahans news conference:The coach reiterated that hes hoping to ease running back Tim Hightower back into the lineup. Hightower, who tore his ACL last October and missed the remainder of the season, is expected to battle second year players Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster for carries.Hes not even close to 100-percent, Shanahan said of Hightower. But I see improvement every day.Speaking about the running backs, Shanahan insisted again that he does not who will emerge from the trio, or if hell adopt a by-committee approach.I really dont know whats going to happen to the tailback position, Shanahan said. I do know Ive got three guys that I got a lot of confidence in that played last year.But, he added, well find out.Asked about rookie quarterback Robert Griffin IIIs progress, Shanahan said its going to take time. Griffin, however, was much more accurate with his passes on the second day of camp.You get better with every repetition you take, Shanahan said. The reason why its so hard the first year and not many quarterbacks have been very successful unless theyve had a great supporting cast is because it does take time. It doesnt happen overnight. You have to have the game slow down.It began with Pierre Garon tossing balls into the spectator area after nice catches. Then Anthony Armstrong and Aldrick Robinson joined the act.After that, it was Shanahans turn to have some fun: he told the wide receivers he was going to fine them 2,000 per ball. As it turned out, though, the coach was only kidding.I said its going to cost each guy who did it Pierre Garcon, he did it three times it would cost him 2,000 a ball, Shanahan said. But more importantly, I said, We only have six balls left.I like these guys being enthusiastic, he added, and theyre excited to see the fans out there and want to give them a souvenir, so it was great.

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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman just took the jersey game to a whole new level.

Prior to the Redskins' gutsy 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Norman showed up to FedEx Field repping a Bobby Boucher Bourbon Bowl jersey from the iconic Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy." 

He also repped the jersey following the win in the locker room with the media.

Many believed it was a shot at Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., who made comments this week about disliking water. But according to Norman, he just really likes the South Central Louisiana Mud Dogs.

Norman is known for repping a soccer jersey or two following a game, but he has everyone else beat this week.

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