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NFL interviewed players about Hall incident

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NFL interviewed players about Hall incident

The NFL recently sent officials to interview players at Redskins Park in connection to DeAngelo Hall’s verbal run-in with an official at Heinz Field last month, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. 

“The NFL came in here and talked to a number of players,” Shanahan said Thursday. “They got their opinions on what happened on the field. I talked to a couple of them on my interpretation, but it wasn’t official.”

Hall was fined $30,000 for removing his helmet and unleashing a profanity-laced tirade at head linesman Dana McKenzie in the final minutes of the Redskins’ 27-12 loss in Pittsburgh on Oct. 28. Hall was upset because a penalty was not called on Steelers’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders for throwing him to the turf while making a block.

Afterward, Hall accused McKenzie of being “equally at fault” and “dishing it out” just as much as him.

“I thought there could have been a number of fines that occurred from the receiver,” Shanahan said, referring to Sanders’ block. “Obviously, [Sanders] was not penalized, but when [Hall] did take his helmet off, that’s what he was fined for.”

Typically, the NFL announces fines the Friday following the game. But the league delayed the announcement of Hall’s fine so it could investigate the veteran cornerback’s claims. No penalty was announced for McKenzie.

“He hasn’t had a lot of situations like that,” Shanahan said of Hall. “That’s one he’ll learn from. Hopefully, he can go on and won’t make any [more] mistakes.”

Hall declined to comment when approached by reporters.

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Redskins release Perry Riley, Stephen Paea in roster trim-down

Redskins release Perry Riley, Stephen Paea in roster trim-down

The Redskins have let go of two high-priced veterans as they move towards reducing their roster to 75 by today’s 4 p.m. deadline, according to multiple reports. 

Released were linebacker Perry Riley, who was drafted in the fourth round in 2010 and had been a starter since midway through the 2011 season, and defensive lineman Stephen Paea, signed as a free agent in 2015. CSNmidatlantic.com was able to confirm Paea and Riley took to Twitter to announce his own release.

Paea signed a four-year, $21 million contract last year. He was expected to step in and become a starter and a force on the defensive line right away. But he struggled and spent the last part of the season on injured reserve.

This year Paea was relatively healthy but he found himself down near the bottom of the depth chart and he never was able to climb back up. He was schedule to make a $3.3 million salary. His release saves the Redskins a net of $3.4 million this year but they will face a $2.5 million dead cap hit in 2017.

Riley wasn’t able to beat out Mason Foster for the starting job this year and apparently the team figured that his $4 million salary was too much for a backup.

Riley’s release saves the team $4 million against the cap with about $1.6 million in dead cap.

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Redskins Playbook: QB Sudfeld now on a compressed learning schedule

Redskins Playbook: QB Sudfeld now on a compressed learning schedule

The Redskins hit the practice field today, suddenly finding themselves on a compressed schedule. Their preseason finale against the Bucs has been moved up from Thursday to Wednesday and now the backups who are looking to put on a good showing to stay employed in the NFL, either with the Redskins or on another team, have 24 hours less to prepare.

Here’s what we’re looking for at Redskins Park today:

—The shortened schedule will affect Nate Sudfeld the most. Jay Gruden said that the rookie quarterback will start against the Bucs and play the whole game. Yesterday Sudfeld talked about all of the play changes and other calls he will have to make it at the line of scrimmage. He now has considerably less time to become comfortable with the calls.

—Will Josh Doctson practice? He sent out a tweet last night that made it sound like he was going to be removed from the PUP list. Today might be the day; it’s the last practice for nearly a week and they might want to get him out there, perhaps push his Achilles just a bit, and then give him a few days to recover.

—How about Spencer Long? He picked a bad time to get injured, just when it looked like he might hang on to the starting left guard job. Now Shawn Lauvao steps in and, if he stays healthy, he might not step out. As with Doctson, the timing makes it difficult. With just one practice and the possibility that Sudfeld and the backups will get a lot of the snaps, does Long press to get back today? Or rest today and get ready for preparations for the Steelers next week, even if that creates the risk that he will be preparing with the second team.

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NFL had no choice but to move Redskins vs. Bucs

NFL had no choice but to move Redskins vs. Bucs

Looking at a weather forecast map that has a yet-unnamed tropical depression set to wreak havoc on the Tampa area starting Thursday afternoon, the Bucs organization called an audible. Working with the NFL and the Redskins, they decided to move the preseason game that was schedule to be played on Thursday to Wednesday.

It was really their only choice. A little bad weather doesn’t stop a football game but when things get to the point where the safety of spectators could be in danger and staging the game would tie up police and emergency personnel who would be needed elsewhere you have to make the decision to move it.

Postponing it until Friday was a nonstarter. In addition to the logistics of hotels that may be booked and possible cleanup from the storm going on, NFL teams cut their rosters to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday. That would leave the Redskins and Bucs coaches very little time to make their final evaluations.

When the Redskins announced the time change they also noted that their annual Welcome Home Luncheon will be held as scheduled on Wednesday. Although they haven’t yet announced their plans it appears that they will go straight from the event to the airport. They will get off of the plane in Tampa, bus to the stadium, play the game, then get back on the bus to the airport, and head back to Dulles.

This all creates a bit of a disruption to everyone’s schedule but if it’s going to happen, it’s better for it to happen at this time of year. Teams really aren’t in any sort of routine now with preseason games scheduled at varying times during the week. There is minimal concern for playing games too close together since most of the players who will participate in the game tomorrow played sparingly last Friday against the Bills.

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