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Helu, Neild out for part of Monday's practice with injuries

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Helu, Neild out for part of Monday's practice with injuries

While the offensive line got a bit healthier Monday, the Redskins have new concerns elsewhere.Roy Helu Jr. sat out practice with tendinitis in his Achilles tendon, and nose tackle Chris Neild suffered an injury to his left knee during practice that will require an MRI.As for Helu, its unclear when the running back got hurt. Helu rushed for four times on Thursday for 17 yards and practiced on Saturday.Hes had that before, Coach Mike Shanahan said. Hopefully its not too serious so we can get him back to normal.Shanahan said the Achilles injury is actually a recurring issue and hinted that it could have been caused by Helu not stretching enough.A guy like him has to make sure hes loose before he practices because you dont want him to pull anything, Shanahan said of Helu, who missed two games last season due to knee and toe injuries. Hes had a couple strains in the groin and hamstring area, and tendinitis right there.Neild, meantime, hurt himself early in Mondays team drills. After being tended to by the medical staff for more than 15 minutes, he had an ice bag wrapped against his knee.Hopefully its nothing serious, but he did hurt it enough where he did not practice the rest of practice, Shanahan said. Hopefully the MRI is negative on his knee.

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Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.

The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent. 

How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?

Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.

What will the Redskins' draft strategy be for the 2017 Draft?

 

 

 

What are the Redskins' biggest draft needs? 

 

 

 

  • Feeling a safety? Malik Hooker and Budda Baker both figure to be in the mix when the Redskins first pick on Thursday night.

 

What are mock drafts projecting the Redskins to do at No. 17?

 

 

 

 

Other Redskins draft storylines that Redskins fans should know

 

 

Draft busts: 15 draft busts taken in Round 1

NFL Draft history: The best players taken 17th overall

 

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Kirk Cousins tweets about signing an extension – but don't get your hopes up Redskins fans

Kirk Cousins tweets about signing an extension – but don't get your hopes up Redskins fans

From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017. 

While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline. 

That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.

To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:

Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things. 

It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins. 

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