The mercury soared, the crowd swelled and tempers boiled over twice at Redskins Park.First, linebacker London Fletcher and center Will Montgomery tangled during 11 on 11 drills. Then, moments later, tight end Niles Paul threw two punches at linebacker Markus White.A spectator in the announced crowd of 24,650 it was fan appreciation in Ashburn screamed, Save it for Dallas!Coach Mike Shanahan wasnt laughing, though. After the second skirmish, he called his players close.You love to see guys who are competitive, Shanahan said later when asked what he said in the huddle. But you cant have guys lose their poise, because that will cost you the football game. I tried to share that with the guys. Its a good learning lesson.Paul said he was defending himself from a player who was attempted to de-cleat him. He also described White as a good friend.I definitely went too far, Paul said. I should have been the bigger man and let that go. But its hot out here not making any excuses but I just kind of snapped. Im expected to keep my poise better. Shanahan said you cant do that in a game. You cant afford that penalty. You could be done for a couple of games.Some other notes from Saturdays practice:Owner Dan Snyder, who rarely addresses the media, spoke to reporters for about 90 seconds. Its a big deal and were just thrilled with him, as a person and what he stands as a Redskin, he said of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Its exciting for the whole Redskins Nation. Everything takes time, as you guys know, were just excited to have him, and with Coach Shanahan, everything were building right now, we feel good about the future. WR Antony Armstrong (shoulder), FB Darrel Young (hamstring), WR Josh Morgan (hamstring), WR Lance Lewis (groin), T James Lee (knee) and LB Ryan Kerrigan (ill) also sat out practice. Kerrigan, who has missed practice twice this week, said both absences were due to heat related illness that caused him dizziness. They just wanted to be cautious with it, especially with today being so hot, Kerrigan said.The Redskins are off Sunday.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.