A day after the Redskins announced Kory Lichtensteiger will miss the preseason and Jonathan Goff is out for the year, the injury news in Ashburn wasnt much better.Fullback Darrel Young did not practice and could miss as many as two weeks with a hamstring strain he suffered during Mondays practice, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.Young, meantime, confirmed its the same hamstring that caused him to miss two games early last season. Dorson Boyce is the only other fullback on the roster.I think it could be a week or two weeks, Shanahan said of Young. Its a pretty good strain of the hamstring.Wide receiver Josh Morgan also did not practice. He also strained his hamstring Monday, according to Shanahan, though his injury is thought to be less serious than Youngs. He just has a little pull, Shanahan said. I dont think its too serious. But it was sore enough that he couldnt practice today. He went through the morning walkthroughs and looked about 50 percent.Morgan, who missed most of last season in San Francisco with a broken leg, said the team is just being cautious.Just going to take a day to chill out and let everything heal all the way back and get better, Morgan said. Were just taking our time and making sure we do the right thing so we dont have a setback.With Lichtensteiger expected to sit out the preseason after having his surgically repaired knee scoped Monday, the Redskins were hoping to get good news on Jammal Brown.But as of late Tuesday evening, Shanahan said he was still awaiting a detailed update on Brown, who traveled to New York to have his balky hip examined by his personal doctor.He should be back in Ashburn tomorrow night, Shanahan said. With the offensive line depleted by the injuries to Lichtensteiger and Brown, the team signed journeyman Jordan Black, who reported to Redskins Park on Monday. Black, however, hasnt suited up in an NFL uniform in a year and cant begin practicing until Thursday, per league rules.The Redskins open the preseason next Thursday in Buffalo.
RICHMOND—Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is ready to move on from all of the talk about how he and the Redskins offense will perform in 2016 and start to see it on the field.
“I think we're going to find out,” Cousins said when asked about where he is in the process of taking ownership of the starting quarterback job. “It's still so early in the development, we're still in the first day of camp in the preseason so we'll find out as we go.
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“For right now it's all talk but there's no doubt that you have more comfort if you've played and have been the starter and have been out there and had experiences. What we went through last year has helped me having confidence going forward. Hopefully it translates into a great offense and a lot of production but it's just talk right now until we go out there and do it.”
Cousins started the 2015 season off slowly after being named the starter just two weeks prior to the start of the season.
But he came on strong in the last 10 games, throwing 23 touchdowns and three interceptions. If he takes another step forward the Redskins’ offense could be one of the best in the league.
But, as Cousins said, for now that’s just talk. We will see how it turns out when they start playing the games.
RICHMOND — By now the story is almost tired.
Yes, the Redskins and Kirk Cousins could not come to a long-term agreement after the quarterback signed a one-year deal. Yes, the Redskins and Cousins did not even really come close to terms. But now, on the first day of training camp, the contract discussion can end.
Why? Cousins explained it best.
"I feel comfortable. I got a pretty good raise this year," Cousins said, referencing his nearly $20 million salary for this season.
"Last year I was looking at a one year deal making a lot less than I'm making this year. I feel fine," he said.
Most important, Cousins made clear "you’re not going to hear any complaints from me."
On Wednesday Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he expected Cousins to be focsued solely on football, not contracts. Gruden's expectation came true with Cousins comments Thursday, which is good news for both.
"In this league it’s one year at a time – whether you’re on a long-term deal, one-year deal or two-year deal," Cousins said. "I mean, I had a four-year deal as a rookie but it didn’t feel like a four-year deal, it felt like a one-day deal every single day I was here."
Gruden and Cousins showed a lot of potential as a duo in 2015, and the 'Skins hope to grow from last season's moderate success.
"We’ve got a long time until September 12 against the Steelers so we’ll just keep building until that day and trust that each day is a step in the right direction."
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Junior Galette has been here before.
The Redskins linebacker is once again facing a full season on the shelf thanks to a right Achilles injury he suffered just days before training camp.
It is the same position Galette was in a season ago, when a left Achilles injury stopped him from ever taking the field with the Redskins.
But after having surgery in 2015, the former Temple Owl is willing to do whatever it takes to avoid having to undergo surgery again.
Has anyone heard of another method to repair Achilles Heel besides Surgery??— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) July 28, 2016
Who knew my Achilles Heel Would be my Achilles Heel....Willing to travel the world to avoid surgery and come back this Season— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) July 28, 2016
Other than investing in bionic legs or using duct tape (Both of which were suggested by Twitter users), there are not many options.
Galette could opt to forgo surgery in favor of letting it heal on its own, but immobilization is more likely to lead to another tear than surgery would.
The immobilization process is not recommended for someone who is actively trying to return to professional sports, even if he has roughly a full calendar year to do so.
At 6-2, 256 pounds, Galette's Achilles tendon is of major importance, and allowing it to heal on its own may not be the best course of action, despite Galette not wanting to go the surgery route.
He could opt for the controversial method of stem cell therapy. Many NFL players have traveled abroad in the past to be injected with stem cells in order to speed up the recovery process. But typically stem cell therapy is used as an aid to surgery, not an alternative.
Nonetheless, the next month is going to be painful for Galette and not just because of his injured Achilles tendon.
He is going to have to make a difficult decision on his future all while watching his teammates getting ready for theirs without him.
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