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Wise: It’s hard for an athlete as popular as Robert Griffin III to wreck his reputation. It’s harder still to repair it.

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:22pm

When was the last time someone broke through the gate as a messiah for a title-starved sports town and, through his own words and deeds, became as reviled as he once was beloved?

LeBron James is the first name to come to mind. As young star athletes go, James is a direct lesson for Robert Griffin III only because neither got into legal trouble to exacerbate their popularity freefall, yet both ultimately went from pure gold to absolutely polarizing quickly.

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Despite erratic play, Jim Haslett survives as Washington Redskins defensive play caller

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 2:22pm

After four seasons as the frequent target of fans’ ire for his unit’s inconsistent play, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett not only survived the team’s offseason coaching purge last winter, but he began the 2014 campaign with a renewed mandate under first-year Coach Jay Gruden.

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Bills are in Detroit, have settled in to prepare for Monday’s relocated game

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:54pm

The Bills have left snow-ravaged Buffalo and have made it to Detroit, where they’re scheduled to play their rescheduled and relocated home game Monday night against the New York Jets.

The team managed to make it out of Buffalo on Friday. Some snowed-in players reportedly were given rides from their homes on snowmobiles to make it to main roads so they could be picked up in cars and driven to meet the team bus. The bus took players, coaches and other members of the organization to the airport for the flight to Detroit, and the Bills practiced Friday evening at the Lions’ facility.

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DC Sports Bog: Terry Shea says Robert Griffin III’s fundamentals deserved a ‘B’ against Tampa Bay

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:39pm

For an alternate view of Robert Griffin III’s performance Sunday against Tampa Bay, let’s turn to Terry Shea, the longtime quarterback coach who worked with Griffin multiple times during this past offseason, as well as several other times throughout his career.

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Adrian Peterson: ‘I won’t ever use a switch again’

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:20am

When Roger Goodell gave Adrian Peterson a season-ending suspension Tuesday, the NFL Commissioner cited the running back’s apparent lack of “meaningful remorse” about the beating the Viking gave his 4-year-old son. In the midst of appealing that suspension Thursday, Peterson offered his first extensive remarks, in an interview with USA Today.

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DC Sports Bog: The Redskins name controversy gets the ‘New Yorker’ cover treatment

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:55pm

“The New Yorker” doesn’t always weigh in on the Redskins name controversy, but it did in a big way this week, using a Thanksgiving theme to take a jab at #KeepTheName partisans.

“It’s not profound, you know—nothing I do is profound—but I wanted to address the whole kerfuffle over the Redskins’ name,” artist Bruce McCall told The New Yorker. While we take a moment to appreciate the oh-so-New-Yorker choice of the word “kerfuffle,” McCall goes on:

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Will Roger Goodell be forced to testify in front of the Senate?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:52pm

The Senate Commerce Committee announced Friday that it would hold a hearing to explore the issue of domestic violence in professional sports. It is not yet known who will testify at the hearing, scheduled for Dec. 2, but it would make for must-C-SPAN TV if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were to sit in front of a microphone.

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The NFL is giving away tickets to the Jets-Bills game in Detroit

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:03pm

Have you always wanted to see an NFL game in person but never wanted to pay the high price for tickets? You’re in luck! Well, at least you will be in luck if you can arrange to be in Detroit on Sunday and/or Monday.

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Redskins Blog: Gruden hopes Griffin’s strides in practice show up Sunday at San Francisco

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:40pm

A week that got off to a tumultuous start at Redskins Park, with Coach Jay Gruden laying bare every shortcoming in quarterback Robert Griffin III’s repertoire, came to an uneventful conclusion Friday.

Griffin has had a good week of practice, according to Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, tuning out distractions and making progress on the field as Washington (3-7) prepared for a cross-country trip and Sunday’s meeting with San Francisco (6-4).

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Buffalo Bills accidentally tell ticket holders to call a domestic violence crisis center for refunds

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:13pm

The NFL did the right thing by postponing and moving Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets to Monday in Detroit, but the Bills did the wrong thing when they accidentally told ticket holders seeking refunds to dial a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio on Friday.

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Redskins Blog: NT Chris Baker, TE Jordan Reed ruled out for San Francisco; LT Trent Williams questionable

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:58pm

With nose tackle Chris Baker ruled out of Sunday’s game at San Francisco, Washington will lean on the welcome depth it now has along the defensive line with the recent return of veteran Barry Cofield from groin and ankle injuries.

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DC Sports Bog: RGIII said everyone was to blame for Tampa Bay loss

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:15pm

The Robert Griffin III postgame quotes that prompted national headlines and days of local debate this week came from his televised postgame press conference. But another set of quotes he gave on Sunday was possibly just as interesting.

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Resilient Cardinals have another chance to show their mettle in Seattle

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:29pm

Can a team with the NFL’s best record and the potential to become the first franchise to play a Super Bowl on its home field possibly be considered overlooked?

Perhaps, when that team is the Arizona Cardinals. They are 9-1 entering Sunday’s game at Seattle. But, perhaps because of their longtime reputation as a downtrodden franchise or  the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury, they seem to be receiving comparatively little national acclaim.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins-49ers: Five story lines to follow in Washington’s Week 12 matchup

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:43am

The Washington Redskins take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

The Redskins will try to snap a two-game losing streak and get the bitter taste of last week’s embarrassment against Tampa Bay out of their mouths.

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Pierre Garcon becoming an afterthought in the Redskins’ offense

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:00am

When the Redskins brought in DeSean Jackson in the offseason, there were questions about how the team would spread the ball around with all the receivers it had stockpiled, considering Jordan Reed and Andre Roberts would be in the mix as well.

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Bills’ game against Jets moved to Detroit. Now they just have to get there.

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:47am

The news that Sunday’s scheduled NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets was being moved to Monday night in Detroit was seen as the best possible outcome for everyone. Orchard Park, N.Y., home of Ralph Wilson Stadium, has unofficially received an absurd 70 inches of snow, according to an accumulation map posted on the front page of the Buffalo News’s Web site. The death toll from the storm has now reached 12. And even if all those $10-an-hour snow shovelers could dig out the stadium by Sunday — a long shot, at best —  a driving ban remains in place in Orchard Park. The area has other things to worry about than trying to stage a football game.

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Redskins Blog: The Test: The areas Robert Griffin III most needs to fix heading into the 49ers game

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:00am

The Test asks two Post specialists to take unique looks at a Redskins issue leading up to each game. Neil Greenberg of our Fancy Stats blog runs the numbers; Separately, Mark Bullock gives it the eye test. 

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Even in an extremely rare win, the Raiders couldn’t stop being the Raiders

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:30am

First of all, congratulations to the Raiders, and to their diehard fans, who deserved better than to have to wait more than a year to see their team win. Oakland showed a lot of heart in getting its first win of the season, 24-20 over the Chiefs, in the process snapping a 16-game losing streak that dated back to November 2013.

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Bills-Jets game rescheduled for Monday night in Detroit

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:46pm

The Bills’ game against the New York Jets, scheduled to be played Sunday in Buffalo, has been moved to Detroit and will be played Monday night at Ford Field, the NFL announced Thursday night.

The 7 p.m. game is to be televised in the Buffalo and New York-area markets by CBS, according to the NFL’s announcement.

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Lauren Hill gave Devon Still her game-worn jersey

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:39pm

Lauren Hill, whose struggle against cancer has caught the public’s imagination, has struck up a friendship with Devon Still, the Bengals player whose daughter is also battling a rare form of the disease. And as they both reside in the Cincinnati area, they have had chances to meet up, notably during the recent NFL game when Still’s daughter, Leah, was honored.

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