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Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins training camp officially got started in Richmond, Va. on Thursday and the team did not waste time making roster moves.

Linebacker Houston Bates was released following a failed physical.

The move was made in order to sign free agent tight end E.J. Bibbs.

The Redskins started training camp thin at the tight end position, with Jordan Reed on the PUP List and Vernon Davis dealing with a tweaked hamstring.


Bates, a former standout at the University of Illinois, joined the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

He appeared in 10 games in 2015, amassing 10 tackles and one safety. In 2016, he played in 14 games, picking up seven tackles.

Bibbs joins the Redskins after spending the 2016 season bouncing between the Jaguars' practice and full-time roster. He played seven games in 2015 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, but did not see the field during his time in Jacksonville.

The undrafted Iowa State tight end was waived by Jacksonville in May, 2017.


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Ovechkin's rival, countryman still hoping 'Great Eight' wins Stanley Cup

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Ovechkin's rival, countryman still hoping 'Great Eight' wins Stanley Cup

Alex Ovechkin has already cemented himself as one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of hockey. But what continues to prevent him from really joining the discussion of being one of the three to five greatest players in NHL history is a lack opf a Stanley Cup victory.

After all, Ovechkin and the Capitals have done nearly everything there is to do but win a Stanley Cup.

But Capitals fans are not the only ones hoping that the championship feat happens before Ovechkin hangs up his skates.

Evgeni Malkin, Ovechkin's fellow countryman and three-time Stanley Cup champion forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins, is one of the many still hoping to see the Capitals' superstar hoist Lord Stanley's Cup.

RELATED: What can we expect from Ovechkin going forward

"I was a bit luckier than (Ovechkin), that’s why I won those cups,” Malkin told the Sports-Express' Igor Eronko which visiting Moscow with the Stanley Cup, the first time the top prize in hockey has made its way to Russia's capital city. 

“He has everything ahead of him. I wish him to win the cup.”

The Capitals had a series of offseason changes that saw the departures of Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk. But with Ovechkin still possessing otherworldly scoring prowess, a Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby, superstar table-setter Nicklas Backstrom, scoring dynamo T.J. Oshie and a litany of young stars like Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, the window for a Stanley Cup is not closed yet.

When it does eventually close, lets hope Malkin, and the entire Capitals' fan base get to watch Ovechkin celebrate a Stanley Cup title. 

RELATED: Ranking the 10 best Capitals players of all time

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Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp


Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp

The Redskins reported to Richmond, Va. on Wednesday to begin 2017 training camp.

While walkthroughs and practices don't begin until Thursday, the team had closed conditioning on Wednesday, followed by an introductory press conference from Jay Gruden.

After the press conference ended, the players weren't exactly itching to get back to their accommodations.

Josh Norman and Will Blackmon stayed behind to partake in one of Josh Norman's favorite non-football activities: Futbol.

With Josh Norman back on the field, the soccer ball is not far behind.


Norman, as you may remember, is a huge soccer fan, and is close friends with French international star Paul Pogba.

Perhaps Pogba will make a stop in Richmond while his Manchester United side is in America on their summer tour. Not that Norman needs much help, though.