Redskins returning to health

Redskins returning to health

With four days remaining before the Redskins host Andrew Luck and the Colts at FedEx Field, the Redskins overall health appears to be improving. Heres the Tuesday rundown of the teams injury list, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.

--WR Anthony Armstrong (sprained shoulder) only played only one down Saturday, but is expected to suit up Saturday vs. the Colts. We took the no-contact yellow jersey off of him today, Shanahan said.

Armstrong is battling Aldrick Robinson, Brandon Banks and Dezmon Briscoe for one of the final two wide receiver spots.

--RB Tim Hightower (grandfathers funeral), RB Roy Helu Jr. (Achilles tendons), SS Brandon Meriweather (knee), CB Morgan Trent (knee, shoulder), WR Lance Lewis (groin) did not practice.

--Helu said both of his sore Achilles tendons are feeling better, but its too soon to make a decision about Saturdays game. On Tuesday, Helu was limited to warmups. It started out with being tight, then after playing through it, it strained a little bit, Helu said.

--Fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) practiced today but is not expected to play Saturday, Shanahan said. Its not completely healed, but its getting better, the coach said.

Young did not suit up in the first two preseason games, but might play a series or two in the fourth game if hes ready, Shanahan said.

--Right guard Chris Chester (ankle) should make his preseason debut against the Colts. I expect him to be able to go full speed, Shanahan said.

Former Redskins DT Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman

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Former Redskins DT Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman

Dana Stubblefield, who played defensive tackle for the Redskins from 1998 until 2000, was charged on Monday in Santa Clara County, California for the rape of a disabled woman, according to Tim McInerny, the county's deputy district attorney.

Stubblefield, who joined the Redskins as a highly prized free agent prior to the 1998 season, is accused of an April 2015 incident in which he sexually assaulted a disabled woman he contacted through a through a babysitter website, acccording to the report

“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” McInerny said. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”

Stubblefield was selected by ther San Francisco 49ers with the No. 26 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Kansas and made it to three Pro Bowls before joining the Redskins.

Stubblefield's name was also mentioned on the list of clients of BALCO labrotories in 2008 in the same incident that revealed Marion Jones' use of performance-enhacing drugs. 

Bail for Stubblefield has been set at $25,000, and he faces five felony counts related to the assault, according to McInerny.

DeAngelo Hall on Josh Norman: 'I was all about trying to get him'

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DeAngelo Hall on Josh Norman: 'I was all about trying to get him'

The acquisiton of Josh Norman is a move that'll have far-reaching consequences across the Redskins franchise. The pass rush, for one, will benefit, as Norman should blanket opposing receivers for longer amounts of time and allow the big boys more opportunities to reach the quarterback. The offense should profit as well, as the corner will likely provide the unit shorter fields to work with as he generates some turnovers.

The transaction will also help individuals, too, like DeAngelo Hall. The 32-year-old, who will be lining up at safety in 2016 after experimenting with it near the end of last season, said as much during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny Show on Monday.

"To add a guy like Josh Norman, it's going to be amazing for us," Hall said, before adding that the All-Pro's presence will make his job much easier. "I was all about trying to get him."

As it turns out, the veteran played a minor but key role in recruiting Norman. Hall said team president Bruce Allen asked him about flying to Atlanta along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry and secondary coach Perry Fewell for the two sides' initial meeting, but Hall was already there — and had already been in touch with him.

"I had been texting Josh prior to that," he said. "I knew that they liked him... I couldn't wait to give him my spiel and my pitch."

The organization's strategy obviously worked, as Norman arrived to the team's facility a free agent and left it under contract. Now one of the premier members of the Burgundy and Gold, he'll be expected to contribute to Washington's overall progress.

In Hall's mind, that means not being satisfied with 2015's achievements. 

"We just got to keep raising the bar," he said. "We just want to follow that up with another stellar year. I definitely think we have the tools and the guys on this football team to be as good as we want to be."

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Redskins release rehabbing Chris Culliver, Scot McCloughan says

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Redskins release rehabbing Chris Culliver, Scot McCloughan says

After signing All-Pro Josh Norman and drafting talented Virginia Tech product Kendall Fuller, Scot McCloughan informed the media on Monday during his post-draft press conference that the team has released cornerback Chris Culliver.

Culliver was signed to a pricey 4-year, $32 million deal last offseason, but struggled with injuries and his production in 2015. He later said in the presser that the door on Culliver's return isn't closed, but overall, he hopes the defender gets what he wants on the open market. 

More updates to come on CSNmidatlantic.com

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