With the news that arbitrator Stephen Burbank has dismissed the Redskins and Cowboys appeal of their salary cap penalties, Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lost the best option to get the matter settled. The arbitration system works relatively quickly, it is within the framework of the NFL and the process is done behind closed doors with a minimum of potentially embarrassing information being make public. The penalty for violating a rule that was not written down anywhere--in fact, the written rule expressly permitted with Washington and Dallas did--could have been solved with a minimum of fanfare.An appeal of Burbanks dismissal may be possible. There is an appeals panel but it is not clear if a dismissal can be appealed or of there can only be an appeal if an actual decision is reached. If possible, the Redskins and Cowboys will explore going down that road but it seems likely that it will be a dead end.If that is the case, Jones and Snyder likely will have only one option left. They would have to go nuclear and file a lawsuit.Going to federal court, which presumably is where this interstate matter would have to be adjudicated, is everything that the internal arbitration isnt. Most of the process is there for the public to see, potentially embarrassing headlines will be generated on a daily basis, and the process cold drag on for months if not years. And the process is extremely expensive as thousands of billable hours are gobbled up navigating the court system.From the Redskins and Cowboys point of view, however, going to court could be the best option. The league has not fared well in front of men and women wearing robes in recent years. In 2010, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled against the NFL in the American Needle case in a 9-0 vote (when was the last time you saw that court agree like that on anything?). That the leagues effort to gain a broad antitrust exemption. Last year, the NFL lost two cases related to the labor dispute and subsequent lockout. First it was ruled that the owners had acted illegally in negotiating TV contracts that would still pay them rights fees in the event of a lockout. And then the lockout itself was declared to be illegal. Only a temporary injunction allowed the lockout to go on.The record shows that the highly-paid legal beagles retained by the league are not always the smartest guys in the room. The fact that they opined that the cap penalties would stand up in court doesnt mean that it will.But even if Jones and Snyder prevail in court if may be a pyrrhic victory. They could permanently damage relationships with other owners. In the business sense the Redskins and Cowboys organizations are more partners with those 30 other teams than they are competitors. They need each others support and votes to get things done. A long, public court battle may do them more harm in the long run than the good that would be gained from recouping the cap space.When asked after Burbanks ruling, the Redskins had no comment about their plans to pursue the case in court. We should find out what the next steps will be soon enough.
TAMPA - Originally scheduled for Thursday night, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game to Wednesday night in advance of approaching Tropical Storm Nine. All the coverage starts on CSN at 7 p.m., and despite this being the last exhibition game, there is plenty to watch.
- Talk about the weather - This game was moved up 24 hours in a plan to get the Redskins out of Florida safely. Expect heavy rain to dominate the action; here's a preview from NOAA.gov website, "South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible."
- How to move the ball - Many offenses are weather-proof, but few offenses are Tropical Storm proof. If the weather is significant enough - and most forecasts call for significant rain - it will be tough for either offense to move the ball, especially considering both offenses will be guided by mostly third-stringers. It will be tough for coaches to truly evaluate what happens Wednesday night if the weather is as bad as some predictions.
- Roster crunch - The Redskins cut veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea on Tuesday. That means good news for the newly-signed Cullen Jenkins as well as Terrance Garvin. Jenkins has been with the team less than a week, so it will be interesting to see if he even dresses for Wednesday's game. Garvin is a player that should play in Tampa, but it will be interesting to see how much the staff puts him on the field.
- Su'a show? - Most 2016 draft picks will play Wednesday in Tampa, though we know first-round rookie Josh Doctson will not play against the Bucs. What about second-round pick Su'a Cravens? After a strong training camp and preseason, Cravens is obviously part of the team's plans this fall. He figures to be on the field a lot when the games matter, so will Cravens be on the field when they don't?
- Keeping it real - Coaches will say all the right things about this game being about competition, and players will do the same. But considering a large portion of the Redskins team won't even make the trip from D.C. to Tampa for the fourth preseason game - due to weather - will the guys in Florida be truly ready for the game? It's such a unique situation that it's impossible to predict.
Stay with @JPFinlayCSN all day for updates -weather and otherwise - from Tampa. And tune into CSN @ 7 p.m. for live coverage from Raymond James Stadium.
The Redskins' final 2016 NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved a day earlier and will be held on Wednesday, August 31.
Impending incliment weather in the greater Tampa Bay area forced the NFL and the teams to schedule the game a day earlier.
Here is everything you need to know about the Redskins' Week 4 preseason game against the Buccaneers.
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Who: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What: Week 4 of the 2016 NFL Preseason
Where: Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Fla.
When: 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, August 31
TV Channel: CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass
Radio: Redskins Radio Network (Frequency Finder)
Washington Redskins 2016 Preseason Schedule:
Week 1 (Thurs., 8/11): at Atlanta Falcons (25 - 19 L)
Week 2 (Fri., 8.19): vs. New York Jets (22 - 18 W)
Week 3 (Fri., 8/26): vs. Buffalo Bills (21 - 16 W)
Week 4 (Thurs., 9/1): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET only on CSN Mid-Atlantic.
The Redskins liked rookie running back Keith Marshall, and the team gave the former Georgia Bulldog every chance to make the roster.
Ultimately he did not get that chance, as an elbow injury will land Marshall on the injured reserve.
Marshall sustained the injury in the team's third preseason game against the Bills. Even before the elbow injury, Marshall failed to capitalize on the opportunity to backup Matt Jones.
In games against the Jets and the Falcons, Marshall struggled to gain much ground and eventually he slid behind Robert Kelley on the team's depth chart.
For now, it appears Kelley is a lock for the Redskins 53-man roster and Marshall heads to the IR.
Scot McCloughan and the 'Skins also made two other roster moves to get the squad to the 75-man limit following this morning's release of veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea. Tight end Derek Carrier was moved to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and rookie WR Reggie Diggs was waived with an injured designation.
Carrier's move to the PUP list was expected, and Diggs had little chance to make the roster as an undrafted receiver even before an injury limited his training camp.