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Elfin: Looking Back On A Season Of Decisions That Led To Surgery " CBS DC
Some have suggested that Shanahan’s decision bordered on the criminal and that Redskins owner Dan Snyder should either suspend or fire the coach. I’m not a big Shanahan supporter, but come on folks. Even if the coach overruled Dr. James Andrews about Griffin, the evidence of which is murky at best, Shanahan’s the boss (other than Snyder, who thankfully isn’t consulted on in-game decisions). And as Griffin said after the season-ending loss, he wanted to keep playing so badly that he was willing to risk further injury and would even have tried to remain in the game if Shanahan had said otherwise.
Redskins Name Change Worthy of Discussion, Gray Says " CBS DC
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Wednesday that any discussion of moving the Redskins inside the city limits hopefully would be accompanied with a potential name change. The Redskins name has long been considered a racial slur but team ownership hasn’t changed the name. "I think (the name) has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team and others who are concerned with this and see if a change should be made," Gray said.
The Redskins Blog | Merling Adds New Flavor To Redskins
On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins beefed up their defensive line as they signed Phillip Merling to a reserve/futures contract. Merling is a 6-5, 315 pound defensive end who was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
5 Redskins Who Improved The Most in 2012 | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
1. Trent Williams: The first two years of Trent Williams' career were rocky to say the least. In addition to being suspended for four games last year, he dealt with nagging injuries in both seasons, as well as under-performed his draft status. There was a real question as to whether or not he could stay as a left tackle, but he answered the call in 2012. Trent Williams played all but one half of football this past year, despite being banged up for most of the year. His play also drastically improved, on his way to a Pro Bowl season that was instrumental in the Redskins being one of the league's best offenses.
NFC East: 2012's most-injured division - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News takes an annual team-by-team look at injuries and ranks teams in order of games lost by starters due to injury. According to Rick's study, which you can find here, the Washington Redskins lost the second-most games by starters to injury (75) in 2012 and the Dallas Cowboys lost the third-most (71). Only the Green Bay Packers (83) saw more starters miss more games than did the Cowboys and Redskins.
When I pulled into the parking lot there were about a dozen cars in the players area. I saw Chris Neild, who has a brace on his knee after suffering a torn ACL five months ago, headed towards the practice bubble to get in some sprints. As I was leaving I said hello to Roy Helu Jr., as he was walking back from the bubble. Helu has been on injured reserve since Week 4 with a variety of leg and foot ailments. It was a reminder that Griffin isn’t the only player who will be spending long and often lonely hours rehabbing an injury this offseason. Brian Orakpo was a frequent visitor to the locker room as he works how way back from a torn pectoral muscle for the second straight year. Fred Davis also dropped by on occasion as he faces rehab on his torn Achilles without a contract for the 2013 season.
"The offensive coaches will look at their players and evaluate their players and put them in a pecking order," Shanahan said. "The defensive coaches will do the same, and we’ll do the same with special teams. "Then, we’ll cross-check. Defensive coaches will look at all 16 games for the offense. The offensive coaches will look at all 16 games for the defense. We’ll do that every year to kind of get a cross section of different opinions."
"We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season," Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins. "The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career."
"I know you wanted to be out there, but sometimes you have to think more of the whole and say, I’m not 100 percent, coach, I can’t help, put in Kirk," Jurgensen said, in one of his non-question moments. Then he put the mic back in front of Griffin. "Uh. You know, I don’t feel that way," the rookie told the Hall of Famer. "I’ll say it time and time again: I’m their quarterback. It doesn’t matter what percentage I am. There at the end of the game, I took myself out of the game after I went down because I knew I couldn’t do it. And then they put Kirk in. If you can play, you play. That’s just how it goes. And they know that, they know I’m gonna play no matter what. And I don’t feel like me playing out there hurt the team in any way."
But it’s customary that when the game ends, so does the trash talk. So when Sherman brought his jabbering to the postgame handshakes, it lead to this exchange: "Whatcha gonna do, boy," Sherman said to Williams, who was none too pleased with the Seahawks cornerback and his bad timing. Williams responded that he was going to punch him. "Well, then, do it then, boy," Sherman said. And so Williams did. Well, sort of. It was more of an open-handed face push, but that’s not really the point. I’m not condoning it, and the Redskins lineman offered an apology after the game for his actions. But after watching the video, I think we can consider it "justified slapicide."
While there’s no consensus when it comes to who deserves the blame for Robert Griffin III’s injury, veteran Kedric Golston defended both Mike Shanahan and his quarterback, saying both are facing "unfair" criticism from fans and media.
A look at the Washington Redskins as they head into the off-season and beyond.
From Drew Storen to RG3, the heartbreak of the last three months is the price for relevance. If these games didn't matter, the way they ended, on the field and in the examination room, wouldn't sting so much.
Report: Junior Seau suffered from CTE, a syndrome caused by repeated head trauma | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"The neuropathologists each examined tissue samples from three different unidentified brains. The official, unanimous diagnosis of Mr. Seau’s brain was a 'multi-focal tauopathy consistent with a diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy,' the NIH said in its statement. "In addition, there was a very small region in the left frontal lobe of the brain with evidence of scarring that is consistent with a small, old, traumatic brain injury.
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