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Ron Rivera Presser: Steven Sims Jr. returns to practice; Terry McLaurin voted team captain

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today's practice

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Ron Rivera has finished his cancer treatments, and is back roaming the practice fields. The Washington Football Team is coming off their Week 8 bye after beating the Dallas Cowboys.

An extra week off gave them time to heal up as they prepare for a rematch with the New York Giants on Sunday. The team announced this morning that WR Steven Sims Jr.(toe) returned to practice, starting his 21 day window to be activated from injured reserve. Sims was a full participant in practice today, a good sign for his availability this week.

Washington got a few other starters back in practice today, but they were all listed as limited. Cornelius Lucas practiced with the starters at left tackle while Geron Christian Sr did individual drills. Starting TE Logan Thomas also showed up on today's list with an ankle injury.

Terry McLaurin is Washington's best player on offense, and he has been showing more leadership in his 2nd year. The team unanimously voted him team captain today, filling the spot opened up by Landon Collins season-ending Achilles injury. Rivera said it was a well-earned honor, and McLaurin leads by example on in field.

Another player that will step up in Landon Collins absence that Rivera is very high on is rookie safety Kamren Curl. Coaches have praised his game since he was drafted, and that has turned into more and more playing time as the year has progressed. Rivera compared him to a young Kendall Fuller today, saying he is a smart, versatile player. Curl will man the strong safety spot now that Collins is out for the season.

Rivera doesn't anticipate any changes at QB right now. Kyle Allen has a great arm, and will continue to grow and develop while he remains the starter. Rivera appreciates how Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been working, and wants him to grow and develop too. He emphasized that both young QBs need to work on their ball security.

Press Conference: Ron Rivera

Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke to the media

Posted by Washington Football Team on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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"Veteran" WRs:

Terry McLaurin:

Trade deadline:

Scott Turner's playcalling:

Rhythm on offense:

Kamren Curl:

Mid-season review:

Fans at FedEx Field:

2nd half of the season:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

Kyle Allen:

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