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Positive developments for Redskins' o-line

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Positive developments for Redskins' o-line

In what can only been seen as positive development for the Redskins injury riddled offensive line, Trent Williams, Chris Chester and Maurice Hurt all were on the field when Mondays practice got underway at Redskins Park.Williams missed Saturdays practice with bone bruise on his left foot, an injury he sustained when Hurt landed on him during Thursdays preseason game in Buffalo.Williams participated in Monday mornings walkthrough, as did Chester and Hurt.Chester, who has been nursing a sprained left ankle, appeared ready to participate fully in practice for the first time since he was injured a week ago.Hurt, meantime, returned after missing Saturday with an inflamed tendon in his left knee that he presumably aggravated against the Bills. Hurt is filling in for Kory Lichtensteiger, who is expected to miss the entire preseason after having a second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee.The status of all three linemen for Saturdays preseason game in Chicago remains unclear. But it certainly appears the overall health of the much-debated unit is improving.Coach Mike Shanahan might have a status update during his news conference later Monday.

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

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Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.

UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.

For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.

Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well. 

There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.

Expect many questions about the fine to come.