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Sundberg says injury 'is a wait and see kind of thing'

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Sundberg says injury 'is a wait and see kind of thing'

For the first time in his three-season NFL career, Nick Sundberg watched practice from the sideline on Wednesday.Well see how today goes, going out to practice and watching someone else do my job, he said before walking to the field at Redskins Park. Its going to be different for me.Sundberg broke his left forearm during Sundays 40-32 victory over the Saints, then returned and snapped the ball nine more times in the second half.On Tuesday, the Redskins signed veteran Justin Snow and placed Sundberg on injured reserve under the new designated to return exception, which allows the long snapper to return after missing eight games. Each team receives only one IR exception each season.It means a lot that the coaching staff felt strongly enough about me to use that one spot on me, said Sundberg, who was sporting a full-arm cast. They only have one. To use it up now on me, really showed a lot.Sundberg said the designation also gives him a specific date to aim for, which he hopes will help keep him focused during the long hours of rehab. The 25-year-old is eligible to return to practice in six weeks.I have a timeline, he said. I have to be back by this date. It puts some pressure on making sure that everything is perfect by the date Im supposed to come back.No surgery was involved, he said, and doctors have told him that hell likely miss 4-6 weeks. After three weeks, hell be reevaluated and could be put into a half-arm cast.Its a wait-and-see kind of thing, he said. This was a clean break. Looked like someone took a Sharpie and drew a line all the way through the bone.After learning that the ulna bone in his arm was cracked at halftime, Sundberg joked that he knew he had to return the moment he walked back onto the field.Will Montogery was warming on the sideline with Sav Rocca, he said, smiling. I looked at it and said, Im going back out there.

Sundberg had always wanted to be featured on ESPNs SportsCenter and on Tuesday, he got that chance. He did a phone interview with anchor Mike Hill.I wish it didnt happen under these circumstances, Sundberg said Wednesday. When our PR guys texted me and said, Do you want to be on SportsCenter tomorrow? Do even have to ask? Is that a question? Uh, yeah, and can I get a copy? It was surreal.

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Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

Here's a small example of Dwayne Haskins' leadership, as told by Matthew Berry

ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles, where he got the chance to interview the three Redskins rookies in attendance: Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Bryce Love. 

Berry, who was a guest of JP Finlay's on the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday, has been a fan of the Burgundy and Gold since he was a kid, so he was eager to talk to three of the team's newest players and learn more about them.

It was during those interviews where Berry got a quick glimpse of a side of Haskins that now has Berry really excited.

"I thought what was really cool was... When I was interviewing McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins came in and interrupted the interview to give him some crap," he told Finlay. "It was really a wonderful moment to see. Obviously, they know each other very well from Ohio State, but just the fact that they felt comfortable enough and he wanted to come over and mess with him a little bit and have some fun, I was impressed with that."

Once Haskins left, Berry explained how he asked McLaurin about the interaction. Redskins fans will like McLaurin's answer.

"That's Dwayne, Dwayne is being a leader," McLaurin said, per Berry. 

Haskins did something similar to Love during Love's interview as well. Berry even caught up with Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who also played with the QB at Ohio State, to inquire about the 15th overall pick. 

"I asked him, 'Listen, I'm a diehard Redskins fan, what am I getting?'" Berry said. "He couldn't have been more effusive. 'You're not only getting a guy who puts the ball where you want it, but you're getting a leader. You're getting a guy who makes sure everyone in the huddle is included.'"

You can be skeptical of how much these little moments mean, and that's fair. Ultimately, how quickly Haskins picks up Jay Gruden's playbook and how accurate his arm turns out to be will factor more into his success in the NFL than being able to joke around a bit with some of his guys.

But you can also hope that these little moments are hints of a bigger personality and approach, a look into an athlete who can get a football team to buy into him. That's the side Berry is on.

"I thought that was really cool, and just showed somebody who's very comfortable in the leadership position and who's trying to be inclusive of everyone," he said. "It's early in the process, but I have yet to hear somebody on or off the record say something bad about Dwayne Haskins."

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After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.

But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones. 

Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."

Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.

"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."

"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."

"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."

"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."

The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks. 

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