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Judge overturns Saints suspensions

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Judge overturns Saints suspensions

By JP Finlay
CSNwashington.com

Player suspensions from the NFL investigation into bounty-related rule violations by New Orleans Saints players have been overturned by a three-member panel, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.

Word of the overturned suspensions emerged on Twitter Friday afternoon from Sports Illustrated reporter Jim Trotter. Once Trotter said that the suspensions will be overturned, suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma reacted with a "Victory is Mine" tweet that sent the social media site into a frenzy.

Vilma was scheduled to be suspended for the entire year for violations of the NFL bounty policy. Saints defensive lineman Will Smith was scheduled for a four-game suspension, while former Saint and current Brown linebacker Scott Fujita and former Saint and current Packer defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove were due to miss eight games each.

Reaction to the ruling from the NFL had not emerged by Friday afternoon, and word from the Saints on what, if any, role Vilma or Smith will have in this weekends game against the Redskins has not been reported.

Stay tuned to CSNwashington.com as this story unfolds.

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Insider's Take: Oakland win was great, but Chiefs present even more problems

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Insider's Take: Oakland win was great, but Chiefs present even more problems

The Redskins deserve high praise after throttling the Raiders Sunday night, but next Monday in Kansas City, an even bigger challenge awaits. 

Remember, the Redskins put out one of their best defensive efforts in more than 20 years against Oakland.

The hig-scoring Raiders came into that game with the top scoring offense in the NFL, but managed less than 100 total yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter.

Their only points came when gifted when tremendous field position off two Redskins turnovers. 

More in the video below. 

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Going to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will be an even bigger task for the Washington defense. The Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams left in the NFL, and have speed seemingly everywhere on the field. Running back Kareem Hunt has been a missile for Andy Reid's offense, and the rookie from Toledo leads the NFL in rushing.

Through three games, Hunt has 401 yards. No other NFL runner even has 300 yards. 

Much of Oakland's offense depended on deep passing. The Redskins stopped that, cold.

Kansas City plays a more deliberate scheme of crossing patterns and space, but relies on the speed of Hunt and wideout Tyreek Hill. Greg Manusky and the Washington defense will have to recalibrate their game plan. 

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Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their win over the Raiders:

—Defensively, the Redskins were in nickel a lot. Slot corner Kendall Fuller played 46 of the 51 defensive snaps. That generally means that they are playing fewer defensive lineman and indeed, nose tackle Ziggy Hood played only 18 snaps.

Junior Galette played only 15 snaps, down from 19 against the Rams. He did get half a sack.

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—It was surprising to see that Preston Smith got only 23 snaps. That is by far a season low but it’s hard to argue with the strategy. He was very effective with his limited snaps, getting a sack and tackling Marshawn Lynch for no gain on a third and two play.

—Rookie OLB Ryan Anderson is getting worked into the lineup more and more. He got 24 snaps on defense, one more than he had in the first two games combined, and another eight on special teams.

—The two defensive players who were in for 100 percent of the 51 defensive snaps were S D.J. Swearinger and ILB Zach Brown. CB Josh Norman played 47 snaps and ILB Martrell Spaight, Fuller, and CB Bashaud Breeland played 46 each.

—On offense, Josh Doctson (36) got more playing time than Ryan Grant (34) for the first time this year.

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—Between Kirk Cousins and the five starting offensive linemen, only Shawn Lauvao missed any of the 68 plays run. Lauvao came out for one play to have his helmet fixed.

—TE Jeremy Sprinkle made his NFL debut, getting seven snaps.

—Besides Colt McCoy, the only player who was active who did not get into the game was rookie ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons.

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