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Drug suspensions? Meet the new Redskins, same as the old Redskins

Dec 9th, 2011 | By

Short view: The suspensions of Trent Williams and Fred Davis for violating the league’s drug-testing policy cost them millions of dollars in their NFL careers and mountains of respect in the locker room. Long view: Williams and Davis getting exposed as routinely getting high just sent these Redskins to a new low. The players Shanahan could point to entering this season as potential cornerstones of something special — Davis and Williams on the offense, LaRon Landry on defense — now represent huge financial risks that could blow up in the organization’s face. Another positive drug test for Williams or Davis
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Brain trauma found in Lew Carpenter, played for 3 NFL champions and coached for 30 years

Dec 9th, 2011 | By

After he died last year at the age of 78, they agreed to donate his brain to researchers studying a degenerative disease increasingly found in football players and other athletes who have absorbed repeated blows to the head. This week the results came in: Carpenter had an advanced form of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. “Concussions aren’t necessary for CTE to exist,” said Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston University researcher working on the project in conjunction with the Veterans Administration Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. “Even if he didn’t have any concussions, the amount of subconcussive trauma that he had
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Redskins big man Stephen Bowen carries the weight of dual tragedies

Dec 9th, 2011 | By

That was true last week, last month, even before he signed a free agent contract in July to move from the Dallas Cowboys to the Washington Redskins. It was true before the last five days of his life, which have gone like this: Go to bed at the team hotel prior to Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Awaken sometime after 4:30 a.m. to a message from security: Call home. Your mother-in-law has died. “Any time you deal with death, you just don’t know,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “It’s a question you can’t even ask. You just got
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Forte’s knee injury means Bears handing ball off to Barber, Bell

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

After winning five games in a row, the Bears (7-5) have dropped two straight since Caleb Hanie took over for Cutler. Now they’re trying to get by without their top ballcarrier, Forte, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Kansas City on Sunday. That means they’re leaning more on Marion Barber and Bell, a one-time Pro Bowl pick and a relative unknown. “It’s unfortunate that Matt had to go down for me to get my opportunity, but I’m just going to try to fill his shoes,” Bell said. That will be a tall order. Forte leads
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Vikings’ Ponder struggling with ‘ups and downs’ of becoming an NFL QB; aims to limit turnovers

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

“It’s frustrating. Everyone talks about rookies having their ups and downs. It’s hard for me to hear that,” Ponder said after Sunday’s loss to Denver. “I don’t want to go through ups and downs. I just want to go through ups. I’m hard on myself.” Despite setting Minnesota’s single-game rookie passing record with 381 yards, Ponder was glum after the game. The Vikings lost 35-32, and his two interceptions gave the Broncos 10 points. Plus, a lost fumble wiped out what would’ve been a short field goal try. “It’s hard to look Jared Allen in the eyes and tell him
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A Redskins fan gives up his tickets

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

(Photos courtesy Bill Carroll.) Seventy years ago this week, a five-year-old Gordon Slade Carroll attended one of his first Redskins-Eagles games at Griffith Stadium. That was Dec. 7, 1941. That famous Pearl Harbor contest would be the most memorable Redskins game of Carroll’s youth, but it was just one of hundreds he would go on to attend, from Griffith Stadium to RFK to Jack Kent Cooke, during wartime and peacetime, in the sun and the rain and the snow, when the Redskins were awful and when they were Super Bowl champs, with his father and later with his only son,
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Boos, criticism and game-winning drives for Sanchez in up-and-down season

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

“He’s a winner and he finds ways to raise his level of play and the level of play of his teammates around him,” coach Rex Ryan said earlier this week. “Everybody believes that we’re going to get it done and that’s just how Mark plays.” There are still struggles and frustrating moments, but Sanchez again is playing his best with the game — and the season — on the line. He has 10 fourth-quarter comebacks — including the last two weeks — or overtime victories, and became just the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to earn 30 victories
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Re-tread NFL coaches are losing out to young coordinators in head coaching carousel

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

First-year coaches like Jim Harbaugh are faring better this season that re-treads like Mike Shanahan. (Patrick Smith – Getty Images) It would seem your car and your favorite franchise have something in common. When it comes to deciding on tires, go with the new one over the re-tread — it may not be safe. More and more coaching vacancies are being filled with the exciting young coordinator, leaving the veteran coach who someone decided couldn’t do the job anymore to fill the broadcast booth. Just watch the NFL pre-game shows, it’s a venerable whose who of former coaches, most boasting
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Trent Williams, Fred Davis apologize to Redskins teammates

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Because both players have been identified as repeated violators of the drug policy – in order to be suspended, each had to fail a drug test during the season – they are subject to one-year suspensions should they test positive again. That could particularly affect Davis, the fourth-year tight end who had been enjoying a breakthrough season and will be a free agent prior to 2012. “We’ll take that [as] part of the evaluation process,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see what direction Fred’s going. . . . I can’t get into a lot of detail, but any contract that anybody would
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As Colts crumble, chorus clamors to award sidelined Manning yet another MVP award

Dec 7th, 2011 | By

“Look, we all know who would win if we took a poll right now. Aaron Rodgers would absolutely kill it. But if the Colts end up going the way they’re headed,” said Mike Dunphy, publisher and editor-in-chief of NFL Magazine, “the more it proves that Peyton really is the franchise.” While the topic began simmering in chat rooms and on blogs shortly after Indianapolis staggered out of the gate to begin the regular season — even the erudite New Yorker weighed in this week — the premiere issue of the league’s magazine jumps in with both feet. Broncos quarterback Tim
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