Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr., who missed practice on Monday due to tendinitis in his left Achilles, said Tuesday that the injury is not a major concern.Im not concerned about it, Helu said. Its just something I have to deal with.Helu wants to be patient with this latest setback. But the second-year player knows he cant afford to miss too much time given that hes locked in a four-way battle with Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and late-emerging rookie Alfred Morris.I wish circumstances were better, said Helu, who rushed four times for 17 years in Buffalo on Thursday. But I also know that this is just the hand I was dealt. I just have to do my best to get it fully healthy before getting out there, because I dont want to carrying things over into the next week.Helu missed two games last season with toe and knee injuries and was sidelined during OTAs with a pulled hamstring.The Achilles injury is kind of out of nowhere, he said. Ive had it in the past, so I started feeling it last year. But it was nothing to this extreme.On Monday, Mike Shanahan hinted that Helu needs to incorporate more stretching into his pre-practice routine. Helu agreed with his coachs assessment.Definitely, Helu said. When I pulled my hamstring this spring, I saw that was something I needed to do a lot more of. Its something I do after practice a whole lot, but prior to practice I havent done much.
Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.
While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.
"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."
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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.
Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.
"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."
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