NFL still weighing punishment for Hall

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NFL still weighing punishment for Hall

The NFL is still weighing punishment against DeAngelo Hall for berating an official during last week’s loss in Pittsburgh.

The league normally announces fines on Friday, but an NFL spokesman said the league is still reviewing the matter and, if action is taken, it will be announced at a later date.

Hall, however, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Panthers, a league official said.

The veteran cornerback said earlier Friday that he had not been informed by the league about any punishment. 

Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged that he was aware of media reports suggesting that Hall would be fined and not suspended but added, "I haven't heard anything offically."

The incident occurred in the final minutes of Sunday's loss at Heinz Field after Hall was wrestled to the ground by Emmanuel Sanders, who was aggressively finishing a block. Hall took exception to the fact that no flag was thrown, removed his helmet and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against head linesman Dana Mckenzie.

Hall later said the Mckenzie also was “dishing it out.”

On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sirius XM radio: “We’re not suggesting that everyone is going to agree with every officiating call on the field. But there’s a way to do that. And there’s a way not to do it. We have very strong rules in this area and we’re going to enforce them aggressively.”

In an unrelated matter, the NFL has fined Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Brown ran backward for about 20 yards into the end zone on a punt return that was ultimately called back for an illegal block.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 13 - Breaking down a possible John Wall contract extension

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 13 - Breaking down a possible John Wall contract extension

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Chase Hughes and J. Michael took a deep look into what it would take for the Wizards to sign John Wall to a new contract this summer. Wall wants to see the Wizards' long-term plan, so what do they need to prove to him?

That could mean simply a deeper bench, but what about the potential of acquiring a third star? Chase and J. Michael broke down the possibilities between Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and others. They then ranted about the NBA's upcoming awards show, Boston sports radio hosts and the NBA playoffs so far.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play.

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Gruden knows that new parts on Redskins defense must gel quickly

Gruden knows that new parts on Redskins defense must gel quickly

Jay Gruden is going into his fourth season as the Redskins’ head coach. If there is one thing he has learned, it is the nature of his team’s fan base.

He was asked if he would need to be patient, getting the team’s defense, which will have as many as six new starters and several other key contributors who are new to the organization, to play well as a unit.

“I don’t think patience is in the dictionary here in D.C.,” Gruden said. “We have to be good now. We were 9-7 two years ago, 8-7-1 last year. I think the expectations are high and they’re always going to be high in this area and we have to perform.”

I’m not sure that most fans expect a Super Bowl win this year. But they do expect progress towards one and a slow start that results in the team being irrelevant after Thanksgiving will not be acceptable.

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Gruden does have a tall task to get the defense to be effective quickly.

“We have a new defensive coordinator, new defensive line coach, new secondary coach,” he said. “We have some new players on defense, some free agent acquisitions, some draft picks. They’re going to have to learn on the fly and learn to play together, which is going to be the biggest challenge for us.”

Greg Manusky replaced Joe Barry as the defensive coordinator. They brought in Jim Tomsula to coach the defensive line and put Torrian Gray in charge of the secondary. Among the players expected to start or contribute heavily are free agents DL Stacy McGee, DL Terrell McClain, ILB Zach Brown and S D.J. Swearinger and draft picks DL Jonathan Allen and OLB Ryan Anderson.

The Redskins have added multiple free agents to their defense in the past with mixed, mostly negative results. But things don’t have to take long to gel. The Giants had one of the league’s worst defenses in 2015 but with a few free agency additions and with the help of 2015 draft pick Landon Collins suddenly blossoming into one of the best safeties in the game they were one of the best last year.

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The main thing that the Redskins defense has to avoid this year is taking a step back. The team has gone 17-14-1 over the last two years with a defensive unit that ranked from mediocre to bad in most key categories. If they can start off performing like a team in the lower middle of the pack defensively and improve as the year goes on the team should be able to be in the mix in December. Despite also dealing with some changes, the offense should be able to carry the team until the defense can get its act together.

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