In this weeks Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, Peter King leads with a long interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Much of the discussion is about the well-being of players, both while theyre in the league and after.
King mentions how the Redskins London Fletcher said hed like to see mandatory post-career counseling for players.
Goodell responded: "Well, at least an evaluation. That's something that's being discussed as a part of your exit physical. Part of that is mental health evaluation to see what it can be. I've heard that from players myself. And we are evaluating it.
Goodell acknowledged the baggage attached for anyone seeking help. There's still that stigma that mental health is a weakness. It's not. Depression, anxiety, these are very common.
When a player is done as an athlete, he loses so much, particularly how his life has been scheduled for him.
As you know, these players are given a very specific structure. 'This is the schedule for tomorrow. This is the schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.' That's gone all of a sudden. I had a couple of players tell me, 'It's Monday morning and next thing I know it's Friday. Nobody was structuring my life.'
In the wake of Junior Seaus death, we can only hope NFL players will take advantage of such things as the NFLs new Ambassador Program, which uses retired players as advisers.
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
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Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.
The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.
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