For their final injury report of the week, the Washington Redskins have listed quarterback Robert Griffin III and cornerback Tracy Porter as questionable entering Monday night’s game at Dallas.
Griffin this week practiced in a limited capacity while working his way back from the ankle injury that has sidelined him since Week 2. Porter is nursing a hamstring strain that has forced him out of six of the first seven games of the season.Read full article >>
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett loves Trent Murphy’s work habits, just like he loves the nimble feet and long reach that suggest the rookie from Stanford is ideally suited for the role of pass-rushing specialist in his 3-4 scheme.Read full article >>
If ever there was a game where the Redskins will feel the absence of top cornerback DeAngelo Hall, it’s Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys and top receiving threat Dez Bryant.
Hall traditionally has matched up well with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant. But with the veteran cornerback lost for the year with injury, the responsibility of trying to naturalize Bryant will fall on rookie Bashaud Breeland and second-year pro David Amerson.Read full article >>
Here are five NFL story lines I will be following in Week 8:
Will the Raiders continue to struggle defending third down?
Oakland’s defense has seen the opposition snap the ball 85 times this season on third down, and on 45 of those (52.9 percent) the opposing team has moved the sticks. That’s the worst mark in the league.Read full article >>
Andrew Hawkins has worked hard at his craft, which is NFL wide receiver. He stands 5 feet 7 and weighs 175 pounds, and was not only undrafted out of Toledo but spent three years trying to get some interest from the NFL. He finally latched on with the Bengals in 2011, and parlayed that chance into a nice free-agent contract with the Browns this year.Read full article >>
I’ve played fantasy football since 1999, and I would guess that longtime league-mates might describe me as somewhat cantankerous. Lord knows I’ve had my share of interactions with fellow league members, usually about trades, that left me kind of irritated. But I have never come close to getting into a fistfight. And I certainly have never scheduled a fight with anyone over anything (at least since grade school).Read full article >>
Will rugby union ever be as popular as American football? That’s not really answerable in the long run. But in the near future, at least, it’s set to take over Chicago’s Soldier Field: The USA Eagles’ match against the top-ranked New Zealand All Blacks, set for Nov. 1, officially sold out the 61,500-seat stadium Friday, according to USA Rugby.Read full article >>
Robert Griffin III, safety Ryan Clark and cornerback Tracy Porter were limited by injury in Friday’s practice. Griffin continues to work his way back from the dislocated left ankle that has sidelined him the past five weeks. Clark sat because of an ankle injury that has nagged him the past two weeks, and Porter continues to nurse the hamstring strain that has caused him to miss six of seven games this season.Read full article >>
Robert Griffin III, whom the Redskins had prohibited from speaking to the media since he suffered an ankle injury in Week 2, issued a brief statement Friday in which he said that he is doing his best to listen and learn while sidelined and that he will not rush his recovery in a way that would risk a setback.Read full article >>
All that young Elijah Burrell did was return an interception for a touchdown in a peewee football game. Unfortunately, that was enough to earn his team, the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Black Knights, a $500 fine: The six points the 8-year-old put on the board violated the league’s mercy rule, which states no team can lead another by more than 33 points at any given time. Once the team realized this, the Black Knights’ cheers quickly turned to moans.Read full article >>
Dallas owner Jerry Jones said this week that the Redskins team name “is one of pride” and is “a great part of the tradition of the league.”
“I sure think that if the Redskins and [Daniel] Snyder want to keep that, then they should keep it,” Jones said.Read full article >>
Prior to this season, Jay Gruden had knowledge of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, but he felt like he could learn about it, and he believed that many of his players needed a more thorough education on the series.Read full article >>
Donovan McNabb played quarterback briefly for the Washington Redskins, and the experience seems to have left a mark.How funny is it now that just weeks ago people were saying Kirk Cousin was a great fit in Jay Grudens offense. What's happened? Colt time ? Read full article >>
Each week Des Bieler breaks down the NFL’s slate to identify key fantasy factors on which to focus when the Sunday action gets underway.
Lions (5-2) at Falcons (2-5)
At Wembley Stadium and against the Lions’ tough defense, there’s a very good chance Matt Ryan could have a fourth straight underwhelming game, and then he’ll be on a bye. At which point, he could be a good buy-low, because once he returns, Atlanta’s schedule starts looking a lot softer.Read full article >>
Colt McCoy will start for the Redskins on Monday against the Cowboys unless Robert Griffin III is healthy enough to play, Jay Gruden has said this week.
NBC Washington put together this little package of Gruden discussing his starter on Thursday. Looks like he said “the starter” eight times in 25 or so seconds. Here’s how it went.Read full article >>
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has turned into one of quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite weapons.
He has been targeted 70 times this season and caught 47 of those passes for 711 yards and a touchdown. And while he may have started off the season slow, Hilton has been phenomenal the past few weeks.Read full article >>
Among the statistical contrasts between Washington (2-5, 0-2) and Dallas (6-1, 1-0) heading into Monday night’s game at AT&T Stadium, the one that leaps out as most telling is third-down conversion.
Dallas leads the NFL in its success rate on third downs, converting 54 of 94, or 57.4 percent.Read full article >>
The whole discussion is ace, but the best part was probably the section I’ve transcribed below, in which Colt McCoy is straight-up shamed for his Texas drawl.Read full article >>
Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, and thus probably should have been all smiles and rainbows after the game.Read full article >>
The Washington Redskins’ defense has had a string of ongoing struggles this season, but stopping the run game has not ranked among them.
Outside of the Week 5 loss to Seattle, when Russell Wilson scrambled for 122 yards on 11 carries, Washington has not allowed a 100-yard rusher despite facing the likes of Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Marshawn Lynch.Read full article >>