One day after Coach Mike Shanahan said Tim Hightower is nearing a returning to practice, the Redskins starting tailback confirmed that his surgically repaired knee is fine, ready.People ask me what percent I am all the time, Hightower said Wednesday morning. I dont know. Ive never been through this. But I know I feel good.I can make every cut, he added. I can run. I dont feel any restrictions or limitations. At this point, its just a matter of going out there and getting repetitions. The only way to get better a football is by playing football. Thats the next step for me.On Tuesday, Shanahan said Hightower, who missed the final 11 games last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in October, could begin taking reps in team drills as soon as Friday. Shanahan also hinted the Hightower could suit up for the third or fourth preseason game.When they feel comfortable putting me out there, then theyll do that and Ill be ready to go, said Hightower, who added that he hasnt been told when exactly hell be cleared to participate fully in practice. But the knee is fine.Hightower is listed on the depth chart as the Redskins starting tailback. Hes also the teams top pass-catcher out of the backfield, best blocker and most experienced running back. But hes also aware that hes competing for playing time with second-year players Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr., as well as emerging rookie Alfred Morris.For me, I get excited when I see guys like that doing well, Hightower said of the crowded backfield. It pushes me and encourages me to stay on top of my stuff.Whenever Hightower does return, he said his goal is to be more prominent on and off the field than he was before the injury.I dont want to be the player I was; I want to be better, he said. This team needs me to be better. I need to be more vocal, be a better leader, to be more productive. I want to be better for this team. If everybody on this team is as good as they were last year, we wont be good enough.
Bashaud Breeland is truly good at a lot of stuff: Covering NFL receivers, looking fresh at the Preakness and making you think with his tweets are just three examples of things the corner is skilled in.
But on Monday, a video emerged on Twitter that revealed at least one area No. 26 struggles in: golf. Or, to be more specific, making even the smallest piece of contact with a teed up ball in no less than four swings.
Here's the lowlight, captured by Breeland's fellow defender Junior Galette. For any swing instructors out there, this footage could be considered NSFW due to the extreme absence of fundamentals:
At first, the third-year pro's stance isn't all that discouraging. But a few seconds in, someone (probably Galette) says quietly, "This is, I think, the fourth attempt," and it's at that moment that viewers understand what's about to unfold is going to go horribly wrong for Breeland.
And it, of course, does, as he whiffs on the drive and then nearly turns an ankle on the tee box marker afterward. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry's heart will skip a beat when he sees that part of the blooper.
Here's Breeland's response to Galette tweeting the video:
It was a practice swing man lol https://t.co/Q4Uo2vIcrJ— Bashaud Breeland (@Salute_me17) May 23, 2016
Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, it looks like he's going to need more practice than 2002 Allen Iverson to fully fix what's wrong with his game.
Some people can say they took a cheerleader to prom, but how many of you can say you took a Redskins cheerleader to prom? Stephen Bieber can.
Bieber reached out to Redskins cheerleader Christa Aiken and asked how many retweets it would take for her to go to prom with him. She responded with "At least 10K!!" and the challenge was on.
HELP A BROTHER OUT AND RETWEET!! Help me get a Redskins cheerleader to go to prom with me!🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/hr65IIDKCf— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) March 23, 2016
Bieber did pass the 10,000 mark and to her credit, Aiken kept her word.
Prom 2K16 was lit, you could say pic.twitter.com/WQQ28G8Clp— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) May 22, 2016
Now let's get this out of the way: it appears that Stephen Bieber is not related to Justin Bieber, so it's OK to feel happy for him. That's good, because Bieber did prom right. Not only did he get to take a Redskins cheerleader as his date, he also pulled up in style in a Rolls-Royce.
10K slay 🎉 pic.twitter.com/XADF4jqK43— Christa (@dcfitchick) May 22, 2016
There was also dabbing:
They call me Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/jnfHRRKQUl— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) May 22, 2016
Not surprisingly, it seems as if Bieber had some competition once he got to prom:
Last night pic.twitter.com/CDMEAJTZNX— Christa (@dcfitchick) May 23, 2016
All in all, it looked like a pretty special night for Bieber. Thank goodness my prom days are well behind me because the bar has now been set pretty darn high.
During Game 3 of the Cavaliers-Raptors Eastern Conference Finals series, Lebron James was viciously elbowed by an out-of-control Toronto opponent. The extreme force from his attacker's arm propelled a tumbling James backward and onto the floor as fans shrieked in horror at the act they had just witnessed. Referees had no choice but to eject the man who initiated the earth-shaking contact from basketball forever, as one of the league's biggest stars writhed on the ground in intense pain.
Wait, hold on a second. A mistake has been made. The entire above paragraph is totally false.
That's the sequence you think would have happened on Saturday night, after seeing this absolutely absurd James flop:
As it turns out, the elbow that sent James sliding was that of his own teammate, Tristan Thompson. Furthermore, the blow simply glanced the Cavs leader on his chin, even though he acted as if he was just bashed in the mouth by an angry Rougned Odor. And because the flop is so ridiculous, Junior Galette wants to make fun of it.
The only problem is, he can't, because one time, he tried to win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Sports Game, too.
Check out what the Redskins' defender had to say on Monday:
I can't front I flopped one time in a game the Ref Said "Jr I saw it all cut it out" 😂😂I got up and took a walk of shame— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) May 23, 2016
😂😂😂Found it smh here's my version of Lebroning 😂😂 https://t.co/ESEfI7M5g1— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) May 23, 2016
The video Galette linked to does in fact reveal that, when he was a Saint, the 28-year-old tried to draw a personal foul penalty by flailing and falling versus the Dolphins. It was a bad attempt. A really bad attempt. So that's why, when people come after the King for his embellishment, you won't hear a peep from Galette.