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Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Throughout the 2016 college football season, Reuben Foster looked like a first-round lock in the NFL Draft. The linebacker logged 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks as his Alabama defense steamrolled through the SEC before a loss to Clemson in the national championship game. 

In the months since an actual football was snapped, Foster's stock has taken some hits. It started after the season when he underwent surgery for a rotator cuff injury. Then, at the NFL Combine, Foster engaged in an argument with a hospital worker and was sent home. 

On Thursday, the latest bombshell dropped. Foster will enter the NFL under the substance abuse program after his urine sample from Indianapolis came back as diluted.

From Ian Rapoport's NFL.com story:

Foster was notified that his urine sample obtained in Indianapolis during the combine was reported as dilute. Based on the provisions of the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse, "this will be treated like a positive test."

And more:

As for why the test came back dilute, Foster explained in detail. He said he was sick before the combine. He was throwing up, had diarrhea, couldn't keep anything down and was cramping. One adviser offered to have a doctor put him on IVs to hydrate, but he didn't want that. He saw a doctor, got some medication and started hydrating himself.

What all of this controversy will do for Foster in the draft could be quite interesting for Redskins fans. A linebacker with speed, Foster could be a big boost on the interior of the 'Skins 3-4 base. For months, it seemed he would not make it until the 17th pick, as most mocks had him selected inside the top 12 selections. 

After the combine situation, projections slipped somewhat for Foster, but still, in most places, the 'Bama LB went by the 15th pick.

Entering the NFL in the drug protocol, where there will be increased testing and the potential for immediate suspensions, could scare off a number of teams. 

"I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that," Foster told Rapoport. 

The NFL Draft always brings surprises, but what happens with Foster will be one of the more interesting scenarios to watch unfold next Thursday in Philadelphia. 

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

 

The Redskins have struggled on offense in the preseason. The good news is that they are getting one of their best offensive players back to work.

The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed has been activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a toe injury.

At first coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury would be a short-term problem but as it turns out he spent 24 days on the PUP list.

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Reed made the Pro Bowl last year despite missing a total of four games with a shoulder injury and with a concussion, He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.

His removal from the list means that he can start practicing with the team immediately. Reed would be eligible to play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals next Sunday. However, given how cautious the team has been with his injury and his value to the offense it seems likely that he will not take the field for a game until the Redskins’ season opener against the Eagles on September 10.

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WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

Redskins fans don't quite know what they're going to get out of rooking running back Semaje Perine, but legendary WWE icon Jim Ross certainly does. 

Ross, a University of Oklahoma fan, saw a lot of Perine when he was a star on the Sooners. 

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Ross recently went on CSN to let the people know what, exactly, they were getting from the Oklahoma product. Here's the list of accolades, in no particular order, that Ross has for Perine:

- Restaurant quality running back

- tougher than a 2$ steak 

- a man's man

- all man (which is different than being a man's man, somehow)

- a yard wide (?)

You can see the whole thing here, with Ross coming in at the 1:22 mark. 

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