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Need to Know: Meriweather still recovering from ACL

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Need to Know: Meriweather still recovering from ACL

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 2, six days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

Don’t worry about Meriweather--yet

The Redskins have had seven days of training camp practices and Brandon Meriweather has participated in very few of them. Although the starting strong safety often dresses in pads, he usually can be found in an area off to the side called the drill field, working out with other walking wounded such as Donte Stallworth (hamstring), and Chris Thompson (knee).

Meriweather is still recovering from the torn ACL that ended his year early after a number of other knee issues forced his season to start late. That ACL injury occurred in the Redskins’ Week 11 game on November 18. If you do the math you have a recovery period so far of about eight and a half months.

The “normal” rehab period for a torn ACL is seven to nine months. It seems that Robert Griffin III will be recovered from his knee injury in closer to seven months while Meriweather needs more like the high end of the recovery range.

“When a guy practices, you have a gut feeling of what he can do as you watch him in individual drills and team drills,” said Shanahan yesterday. “He is not ready to go in team situations yet . . . Right now, he is still getting individual work. We are still running him but we are not going to put him in team situations until we feel like he is ready to compete.”

While there is some cause for concern here there is no need to panic that the team’s best option at strong safety won’t be available on opening day. The benchmark to start doing that is about nine months after the injury. The Redskins play their second preseason game against the Steelers on August 19, one day after the nine-months past the injury mark. If Meriweather can play in that game, or the key third preseason game against the Bills on August 24, he should be good to go for the opener. If he misses both of those games, there will be some doubt.

There are more than five weeks to go until the Redskins’ season opener. Meriweather is close to being ready but the last stages of his rehab are taking some time. For right now, the Redskins have the luxury of that time but in a couple of weeks it will be running very, very short.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

After walkthrough (approx. 11:30)—News conference with player TBA

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

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Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 6; Final cuts 29; Redskins @ Cowboys 72

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IMO, if Thompson can be practicing in time for PITT preseason game and can stay healthy, he'll have a good shot. Later or relapse, iffy.

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 1, 2013

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys that can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.

The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.

The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation. The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.