Great Moments in Baseball Cards: Daniel Hudson edition

Great Moments in Baseball Cards: Daniel Hudson edition

The Dbacks’ Daniel Hudson is not that impressed with his Topps Heritage baseball card this year: Thank @toppscards for using a close up of me right after my elbow blew out! Card will be around forever as areminder!… — Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) March 24, 2013 I can see how that might bug him a…

Redskins get a draft pick in the fold


Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.

Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.

The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.

He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.

“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”

Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens


Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens

The Secretary of the Navy expressed confidence Thursday that sixth-round draft pick Keenan Reynolds will be able to play for the Ravens next season. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Ray Mabus said there should be ways for Reynolds to fulfill his Navy obligations while pursuing his NFL career.

“If I was an NFL team I would want Keenan Reynolds in my locker room,” Mabus said on the show. “Keenan Reynolds is a great ambassador for not only the United States Navy but the United States military. I’m confident we can work something out so Keenan can do both, play and serve…I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he can do both.”

The Ravens were hopeful that Reynolds would be allowed to play, but said they would abide by whatever decision made by the Navy. Reynolds was a star quarterback at Navy, but will try to forge an NFL career as a wide receiver-punt returner. Reynolds is scheduled to participate in this weekend’s Ravens rookie minicamp.

A precedent for Reynolds being allowed to play has already been set. The Patriots drafted long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round last season, and he played all of last season while also working at a Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island.

Reynolds could be a busy man as well next season, juggling Navy responsibilities with football. However, Reynolds has long dreamed of playing in the NFL, and Mabus’ comments were a positive sign.

John Wall undergoes procedures on both knees


John Wall undergoes procedures on both knees

Playing through discomfort all season, John Wall had procedures on both knees Thursday but is expected to be ready for the start of the Wizards' 2016-17 season, the team announced. 

The left knee was the bigger problem and it required the surgery to "excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon," similar to bone spurs, to alleviate discomfort. He had an "arthroscopic lavage," or in generic terms a washing out of loose bodies, in his right knee. 

The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount by Dr. Richard D. Parker after Wall had consultations with three other physicians that included Wizards head physician Wiemi Douoguih.

"The consultations with John, his agent and a variety of top medical professionals led us all to the conclusion that the best course of action for John was to have this procedure now with regards to both next season and his long-term health," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.

Wall missed the last five games of a 41-41 regular season as the Wizards missed the playoffs because of his right knee that blew up after a practice. 

Wall's left knee caused him to miss half of his 2012-13 season because of a stress reaction.