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Report: Redskins to face fine after failing to report concussion

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Report: Redskins to face fine after failing to report concussion

This morning, it was announced that Robert Griffin III would indeed start for the Redskins as they host the Vikings. No surprises there, despite the star QB suffering a concussion in the 4th quarter of their loss to the Falcons last week.

And just as Washington looks to move forward from the defeat and the concussion to try and nab their first home win of the season, the NFL has a little surprise for the Skins.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Redskins will face a "hefty fine" for failing to disclose the full details of RG3's injury in that he suffered a concussion versus simply being just "shaken up" during the game. The team provided no details until after the game, when they said that Griffin had a "mild concussion."

Keep in mind, the NFL’s injury-reporting rules apply before a given game but also during the contest. 

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Shanahan is well aware of the rules after a similar incident in Denver.  Nine years ago, Shanahan was fined for falsely reporting during a game that Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had left with a concussion when the QB had in fact separated his separated shoulder.

Shanahan said Monday, that he believed he was congruent with NFL policy. The head coach then exlplained his use of the phrase 'shaken up' to the media, saying, “I’m not sure what the appropriate phrase is; I use it all the time. Guys look like he’s ‘shaken up.’ Now that doesn’t mean he has a concussion. But that is why they go through these procedures because they don’t let someone like me make those decisions, which they shouldn’t because we are not experts in that area. But the people who are experts, when you think a guy has something wrong with his head, we let the experts look at it.”

With the league's strong stance on the severity of concussions, this violation could prove to be costly for the Redskins. Glazer noting, "The NFL wants teams to immediately acknowledge a head injury to prevent concussed players from getting pushed back on field."

Glazer followed up with a tweet that indicates the young quarterback even feels responsible for the collusion,

"RG3 gathered entire squad together on Wednesday on field and apologized for putting himself in harms way, promised he'd protect himself better".

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Rearranging priorities helped make 2015 Redskins more successful

Rearranging priorities helped make 2015 Redskins more successful

RICHMOND—Redskins training camp gets underway tomorrow here at the Bon Secours Training Center.

The team has high expectations after winning the NFC East last year. The priorities have shifted since Jay Gruden took over as the head coach in 2014.

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“I want to make sure we make the right decisions on players, No. 1,” he said during a press conference during his first training camp.

“We have to make sure we get a good look at all the young guys, all the free agents, all the undrafted free agents, the draft picks, the veteran free agents, and make sure when we make our final cut-down we make the right choices and hopefully these players will make it very difficult on us in making those decisions.”

That all sounds great but what about winning games? Where was that in the pecking order or priorities? The young guys and undrafted free agents can help you out here and there. But if you miss on a couple of them it’s not going to kill you. Failure to make preparing to win games during the coming season the top priority will kill you. The Redskins went 4-12.

Gruden was singing a different tune when he was asked what the priorities were as the team started camp a year ago.

“We’re trying to improve as a football team, number one,” he said near the start of training camp in 2015. “That’s all we’re trying to do every day is improve a certain area of our game. Then, we’re also trying to critique our players and find out who our best 53 are.”

So the emphasis on improving the team seemed to work as the Redskins went 9-7 and were surprise NFC East winners.

Sure, there’s an element of coach speak in all of this. But don’t underestimate the importance of what the head coach is focused on. If the coaches spend an inordinate amount of time in meetings trying to sort out the last half dozen players on the roster there is less time to prepare the starters for Week 1 and beyond.

I expect Gruden to order his priorities the same way this year. Focusing on the play at the top of the roster will bear more fruit that worrying about which fifth cornerback or tenth offensive lineman to keep.

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Kirk Cousins on contract: 'Don't think we really did' get close to a deal

Kirk Cousins on contract: 'Don't think we really did' get close to a deal

In his first time speaking out since officially being franchise tagged on July 15, Kirk Cousins confirmed what most who followed his negotiations thought to be true: He and the Redskins weren't exactly on the same page.

"I don't think we really did," the quarterback said on 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny show Wednesday when asked if the two sides ever got close to a deal. As he talked more about his contract situation, however, he made it clear that he's harboring no hard feelings against his team despite the fact he didn't receive a new extension.

"I always said going back to the end of last season that I wanted to play where I’m wanted," Cousins explained. "The franchise tag showed that I am wanted. Now, maybe not beyond this year, but I am wanted."

That relaxed outlook is something the 27-year-old has maintained all offseason. He pointed out that a few other players around the league were tagged as well, and thinks it's something that can easily be handled in the future. But don't let Cousins' steady demeanor totally fool you.

He's still going to do whatever he can to show his doubters that he's deserving of a long-term deal — and the massive dollar amount that'll come with it.

"I feel good about having this one season to prove myself and see what I can do," he said. "I think I do relish the opportunity to prove to people I’m capable of playing well and being here for a long time."

The end of that quote makes it sound like Cousins does still envision a future in Washington. His performance in 2016 will go a long way in determining whether that feeling is mutual.

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Those flowers next to Chief Zee's casket are from Santana Moss

Those flowers next to Chief Zee's casket are from Santana Moss

The funeral for Zema Williams, the Redskins superfan better known to thousands as Chief Zee, is being held on Wednesday in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Some photos from the services show that plenty of the team's supporters are attending in order to say goodbye to one of its most dedicated, but another touching picture proves at least one player is thinking of Williams, too.

Santana Moss, who wore the Burgundy and Gold for a decade and posted this tribute to Williams after he died last week, sent along a bouquet of flowers, a photo and a message to the church where the funeral is being held, all of which ended up next to the icon's casket:

"Rest in paradise Chief Zee," the note reads. "With Love, Santana Moss & Family." The accompanying picture is from the famous Redskins-Cowboys game in 2005, where Moss caught two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stun Dallas in their own stadium.

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