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2017 NFL Schedule Release: Redskins schedule includes 5 primetime games

2017 NFL Schedule Release: Redskins schedule includes 5 primetime games

After a long day of game-by-game leaks, the NFL released Washington's full schedule on Thursday. Fans have plenty to be excited about, and maybe complain, as the Redskins will play in five nationally televised primetime games, including consecutive Thursday night games in Weeks 12 and 13. 

The Redskins will open the 2017 season playing at home against NFC East foe Philadelphia. The 'Skins have beaten the Eagles in five straight contests, and will look to make it six when their season kicks off on September 10th at 1 p.m.

From there the Redskins will make their first of two trips to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. Former offensive coordinator Sean McVay took over the Rams head coaching job this offseason, and it will be an early opportunity to show his old team what they lost when the two sides matchup on September 17th.

Week 3 the 'Skins return home for their first primetime game, Sunday night September 24th against the Raiders. In Week 4, the Redskins will travel to Kansas City for a second straight primetime game, this one a Monday night affair against the Chiefs.

An early season Week 5 bye greets the 'Skins after back-to-back night games, and then in Week 6 the Redskins will welcome back another former offensive coordinator when Kyle Shanahan brings his San Francisco 49ers to FedEx Field on Sunday, October 15th. The team's third road game comes on another Monday night game, this time in Philadelphia on October 23rd. 

Six days later on Sunday, October 29th, the 'Skins will host the Cowboys. Dallas swept Washington last season, winning at FedEx Field in Week 2 and beating the 'Skins on Thanksgiving Day. 

Another West Coast trip comes up next, as Washington travels to Seattle for a contest on Sunday, November 5th. That will mark the halfway point of the season for the Skins.

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The second half of the slate starts with a home game against Minnesota, scheduled for Sunday, November 12th. One week later, the Redskins travel to New Orleans to face the Saints on the 19th.

The franchise will host its first-ever Thanksgiving home game on November 23rd against the New York Giants. The team will play a second consecutive Thursday night game one week later in Dallas on November 30th. That's right: Back-to-back Thursday night games.

Following the consecutive Thursday night games, the Redskins again travel to Los Angeles, this time to face the Chargers. The game is scheduled at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday December 10th.

Weeks 15 and 16 mark the first time all season that Washington will host consecutive home games. In Week 15 the Cardinals come to town (Dec. 17, 1 p.m.) and on Christmas Eve the Broncos will visit FedEx Field for a 1 p.m. start.

The season finale comes on the road at the Meadowlands against the Giants. Last season, the Redskins lost to the Giants in Week 17 to be kicked out of the playoffs. This year, Washington might get the chance to exact revenge. 

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Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Throughout the 2016 college football season, Reuben Foster looked like a first-round lock in the NFL Draft. The linebacker logged 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks as his Alabama defense steamrolled through the SEC before a loss to Clemson in the national championship game. 

In the months since an actual football was snapped, Foster's stock has taken some hits. It started after the season when he underwent surgery for a rotator cuff injury. Then, at the NFL Combine, Foster engaged in an argument with a hospital worker and was sent home. 

On Thursday, the latest bombshell dropped. Foster will enter the NFL under the substance abuse program after his urine sample from Indianapolis came back as diluted.

From Ian Rapoport's NFL.com story:

Foster was notified that his urine sample obtained in Indianapolis during the combine was reported as dilute. Based on the provisions of the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse, "this will be treated like a positive test."

And more:

As for why the test came back dilute, Foster explained in detail. He said he was sick before the combine. He was throwing up, had diarrhea, couldn't keep anything down and was cramping. One adviser offered to have a doctor put him on IVs to hydrate, but he didn't want that. He saw a doctor, got some medication and started hydrating himself.

What all of this controversy will do for Foster in the draft could be quite interesting for Redskins fans. A linebacker with speed, Foster could be a big boost on the interior of the 'Skins 3-4 base. For months, it seemed he would not make it until the 17th pick, as most mocks had him selected inside the top 12 selections. 

After the combine situation, projections slipped somewhat for Foster, but still, in most places, the 'Bama LB went by the 15th pick.

Entering the NFL in the drug protocol, where there will be increased testing and the potential for immediate suspensions, could scare off a number of teams. 

"I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that," Foster told Rapoport. 

The NFL Draft always brings surprises, but what happens with Foster will be one of the more interesting scenarios to watch unfold next Thursday in Philadelphia. 

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NFL Schedule 2017 Release: Redskins schedule rumors and leaks, including opener and finale

NFL Schedule 2017 Release: Redskins schedule rumors and leaks, including opener and finale

The NFL will release the full 2017 schedule Thursday night, but plenty of bits and pieces are leaking out.

Word is the Redskins will play the Giants at home on Thanksgiving night — the franchise's first ever foray into hosting on the holiday — and now reports emerged on the location and team of the opener and season finale. 

Just like that, two NFC East games are off the board.

Opener against the Eagles and Thanksgiving against the Giants. One more game showed up, courtesy of the New York tabloids.

Adding up all the reports, here's what we know: The Redskins' 2017 home opener will take place against the Eagles, will host the Giants on Thanksgiving, and will travel to New York to take on the Giants in the season finale.

According to CSN's Chick Hernandez, the Redskins will have two Monday Night Football games and two Thursday Night Football games in 2017. 

Much remains to be discovered, including three West Coast road trips and games in New Orleans, Dallas, Philadelphia and Kansas City. Also, the 'Skins will host six more home games against the Cowboys, 49ers, Raiders, Broncos, Vikings and Cardinals.

The Redskins will also head to New Orleans to take on the Saints on November, 19, according to our J.P. Finlay.

Washington went 8-7-1 last season, narrowly missing the playoffs after a Week 17 home loss to the Giants. 

2017 NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE RUMORS:

— Week 1: Chiefs at Patriots, Thursday Night (Rumor)

— Week 1: Giants at Cowboys, Sunday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 1: Saints at Vikings, Monday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 2: Packers at Falcons, Sunday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 2: Lions at Giants, Monday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 4: Bears at Packers, Thursday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 6: Giants at Broncos, Sunday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 9: Lions at Packers, Monday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 16: Raiders at Eagles, (Rumor)

— Week 16: Vikings at Packers, Saturday Night Football (Rumor)

— Week 17: Raiders at Chargers (Rumor)

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