Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong suffered an apparent injury to his right shoulder during practice Thursday and was expected to have the joint X-rayed as a precaution, Coach Mike Shanahan said.He hit his AC joint, but I think he should be okay, Shanahan said. Head athletic trainer Larry Hess just thought he just bruised it.Armstrong is the latest player to get dinged up in training camp, which will enter its eighth day on Friday.Heres a rundown of the other ailing Redskins and other assorted notes from Shanahans post-practice news conference:Safety DeJon Gomes has a minor shoulder injury, as well, according to Shanahan. Hell be out for at least two or three days, the coach said.Wide receiver Lance Lewis, a long shot to make the 53-man roster, is expected to miss a week to two weeks with a serious groin muscle strain.Linebacker Bryan Kehl missed practice to be with his wife, who gave birth today.Tackle James Lee sat out with inflammation in his knee. He should be able to practice Monday, Shanahan said.Stephen Bowen returned to practice today, though Shanahan acknowledged afterward that the veteran defensive end is fighting lingering soreness in his surgically repaired knee.I dont think its a 100-percent yet, which one of the reasons we gave him a day off yesterday, the coach said.Josh Morgan, who has been sidelined since straining his hamstring during practice Monday, is expected to return to the field next Monday.Offensive lineman Jammal Brown is traveling back from New York tonight, according to Shanahan, and is due to begin treatment and conditioning drills Friday at Redskins Park. How well he comes back I cant tell you for sure, Shanahan said.Brown has been on the physically unable to perform list since aggravating a nagging hip injury on the eve of camp.Robert Griffin III tossed a pair of interceptions during 11-on-11 drills, but Shanahan insisted he wasnt stressing over either miscue.You know, quarterbacks throw interception in the National Football League even the great ones, Shanahan said. Its very competitive out there. Were playing it just like a game, to put a guy like Robert through as many game-like situations as possible. If we do that, well get him ready a little bit quicker.Shanahan also said Griffin will play 12-20 snaps in the preseason opener against Buffalo next Thursday, two quarters in exhibition Game 2, into the third quarter of Game 3 and will sit out Game 4.
The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.
Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.
“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.
He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.
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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.
He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.
“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”
It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.
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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”
With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.
“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.
It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.
The Redskins’ now have both of their restricted free agent players under contract.
Running back Chris Thompson signed his tender last week. Today, news came out that Will Compton has now signed his on the line.
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Compton received the low tender last month, which is worth a salary of $1.8 million. He had the right to sign an offer sheet with another team, giving the Redskins a chance to match it. But he had no offers and his only realistic option was to return to Washington.
Compton started 15 games for the Redskins last year. He was second on the team with 50 tackles and he had one interception, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
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