If you don't have friends who are like the players on Langley High School's football team, go get yourself some friends who are like the players on Langley High School's football team.
Last weekend, Hans Vollmecke, a 17-year-old junior who plays for Langley, was badly hurt after losing control of his truck while driving in heavy rain. Vollmecke suffered head trauma, a broken pelvis and bruised lungs among other injuries as a result of the wreck.
After hearing about the accident, Vollmecke's teammates started brainstorming ways to give him a boost in his recovery. They landed on one that was a longshot: Reach Kirk Cousins, Vollmecke's favorite Redskin, and ask him to send along a video for encouragement.
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That's when Bennett Norris, another Langley player, emailed an address listed in Cousins' Twitter bio and explained the situation. A few days later, Norris was shocked to receive an email back with a video of the quarterback telling Vollmecke that he's in his thoughts.
Here's a separate video that shows the moment the teenager's friends surprised him with Cousins' personalized message:
"No way," he says upon realizing what he's about to watch. The room then explodes after Cousins wraps up his remarks.
"I did not expect him to do that," Hans told Redskins.com. "He’s more than just a professional football player."
Thanks to Jake Kring-Schreifels and Scott Allen for sharing details about this story.
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The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections.
With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college.
Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game.
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NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.
That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:
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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:
If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues.
New York will surely update his status once they find out more.
UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.
The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:
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