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The WR picture—Thrash on the bubble?

The WR picture—Thrash on the bubble?

The Washington Redskins cut Jerome Mathis today, making the roster outlook for the team's wide receivers much more clear.

Here are the 10 WR's currently on the roster:


Kelly, Malcolm


Mann, Maurice


McMullen, Billy


Mix, Anthony


Moss, Santana


Randle El, Antwaan


Thomas, Devin


Thrash, James


Toler, Burl


Gant, Horace

Moss and Randle El will start while Thomas and Kelly will see action as the third and fourth receivers. Five receivers on the roster is the norm, so that leaves one spot up for grabs.

The best that Mann, Toler, and Gant can hope for is a spot on the practice squad. McMullen has bounced around during his four years in the league and he'll probably get bounced again.

That leaves Thrash and Mix to battle it out for one job. It will be a classic battle of youth vs. experience.

Thrash, 33, has contributed in a myriad of ways since returning to the Redskins in 2004. He is the hardest worker on a team full of blue-collar types.

Mix, 25, is 6-5 and has the physical tools needed to thrive in the West Coast offense. He also made some standout plays on special teams.

So, there you have it. Thrash has the track record, Mix has the potential.

Depending on how things unfold in training camp and in the preseason games, it may well appear that the Redskins will be better off in 2008 if they keep Thrash and better off in 2009 and beyond if they keep Mix around.

Thrash vs. Mix will be one of Jim Zorn's first big decisions and it will be a very telling one as well.

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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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