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Running back situation remains muddled don't post

Running back situation remains muddled don't post

Meet Roy Helu Jr.s new injury.Its a lot like his old injury.We found out last week that thesecond-year running back was not going to play against the Bears because of astrained Achilles. On Monday Mike Shanahan said that it is not sure if Heluwill go against the Colts this Saturday because of a strained Achilles.The other one. Thats not good news,Shanahan said.With the regular season openercoming in just under three weeks, the picture at running back for the Redskinsis in disarray. It is possible that the roster will have to be juggled toaccommodate the situation.Tim Hightower, the presumedstarter, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last October. AlthoughShanahan indicated that he could play against the Colts, Hightower has yet toparticipate fully in a practice in full pads. With Helu hobbled, the onlyhealthy holdover from last years stable of running backs is Evan Royster. Hehas looked good in limited action this preseason after he finished up hisrookie 2011season with a couple of 100-yard games. It is going to be difficult forthe Redskins to keep four running backs when they cut the roster to the final53 on Aug. 31. But if Helu and Hightower are questionable for the season openeron Sept. 9 they may be forced to find a way.The beneficiary in such ascenario like would be rookie Alfred Morris. He is leading the team in rushingduring the preseason and has shown an aggressive running style that has madehim a fan favorite.He is very much a rookie,however. Against the Bears he went into a pass pattern instead of staying in toblock a blitzing cornerback. The ensuing chain of events resulted in Griffinfumbling the ball deep in Chicago territory.But if Hightower and Heluremain question marks going into the New Orleans the Redskins may be forced torely on Morris to help carry the load early in the season. That would requiresome juggling of roster spots such as going with eight offensive linemeninstead of nine or perhaps going short somewhere on defense.The Redskins will play theirlast two preseason games in a four-day span, going up against the Colts onSaturday and the Bucs the following Wednesday. We should have a better ideaabout the running back situation after that.

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Is Tony Romo fat? An investigation

Is Tony Romo fat? An investigation

Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet. 

It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp. 

At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest. 

Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes. 

Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc. 

In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment. 

Yeah, not so fat here. 

Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."

The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?

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Redskins name Bobby Beathard to Ring of Fame

Redskins name Bobby Beathard to Ring of Fame

RICHMOND—The Redskins are making one more key contributor to their glory years a member of the team’s Ring of Fame.

When the Redskins host the Vikings on November 13, a plaque with the name of Bobby Beathard will be unveiled during a halftime ceremony.

Beathard becomes the 49th member of the Ring of Fame.

“His resume is more than impressive,” said Redskins President Bruce Allen when making the announcement.

And indeed it is. Beathard served as the Redskins’ general manager from 1978-1989. Perhaps his single best move was hiring Joe Gibbs as the team’s head coach in 1981. Gibbs was an obscure offensive coordinator for the Chargers but Beathard saw something in him. In 12 seasons Gibbs took the Redskins to four Super Bowls, taking home three titles.

Beathard brought in talent to fit Gibbs’ philosophy. He brought in four of the offensive linemen who became the famed Hogs, drafting Mark May and Russ Grimm and signing Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic as free agents. Prior to Gibbs’ arrival Beathard drafted Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk and in 1983 he took another Canton enshrinee, cornerback Darrell Green.

In all, Beathard acquired 12 players who ended up in the Ring of Fame. It’s about time that he joined them.

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Doctson reacts to hearing his injury was reason Scot McCloughan punched a wall

Doctson reacts to hearing his injury was reason Scot McCloughan punched a wall

Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson sounds like his Achilles is feeling better and improving rapidly, but he's not so sure about GM Scot McCloughan's left hand. After opening training camp on the PUP list, Doctson said Friday evening that he expects to be back before training camp but must wait until he is 100 percent. 

"I'm feeling good," Docston said. 

Asked about the story that McCloughan hurt his hand punching a wall upon hearing the news that Doctson might be out as much as three months with the injury, Doctson laughed.

"I thought he was playing around but he was being for real," the rookie said.

Doctson said the three month report was just wrong.

"It was just speculation," he said. "It wasn’t anything to be scared about because I know my body. I know it's not that long [until I return]."

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His actual return, however, remains a question. Doctson said he wished he could get back on the field immediately but he knows he needs to wait until his leg is 100 percent. 

"That's the plan, try to come back as soon as I can. If I could come back tomorrow I would."

The good news for Doctson is that he is able to learn a lot being on the sidelines. It's also important to remember that with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Jameson Crowder, there is no urgent need for Doctson to play as a rookie. Not to suggest the team doesn't want his blend of size and athleticism on the field, but Washington is able to be patient with the rookie.

"I get to really sit back and watch Pierre, DeSean, Crowder, all those boys," Doctson said. "It's really a blessing in disguise."

Asked one more time about his GM's reaction to his injury, Doctson said he had never heard about something like that.

"That might be a first."