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Report: Redskins to face fine after failing to report concussion

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Report: Redskins to face fine after failing to report concussion

This morning, it was announced that Robert Griffin III would indeed start for the Redskins as they host the Vikings. No surprises there, despite the star QB suffering a concussion in the 4th quarter of their loss to the Falcons last week.

And just as Washington looks to move forward from the defeat and the concussion to try and nab their first home win of the season, the NFL has a little surprise for the Skins.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Redskins will face a "hefty fine" for failing to disclose the full details of RG3's injury in that he suffered a concussion versus simply being just "shaken up" during the game. The team provided no details until after the game, when they said that Griffin had a "mild concussion."

Keep in mind, the NFL’s injury-reporting rules apply before a given game but also during the contest. 

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Shanahan is well aware of the rules after a similar incident in Denver.  Nine years ago, Shanahan was fined for falsely reporting during a game that Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had left with a concussion when the QB had in fact separated his separated shoulder.

Shanahan said Monday, that he believed he was congruent with NFL policy. The head coach then exlplained his use of the phrase 'shaken up' to the media, saying, “I’m not sure what the appropriate phrase is; I use it all the time. Guys look like he’s ‘shaken up.’ Now that doesn’t mean he has a concussion. But that is why they go through these procedures because they don’t let someone like me make those decisions, which they shouldn’t because we are not experts in that area. But the people who are experts, when you think a guy has something wrong with his head, we let the experts look at it.”

With the league's strong stance on the severity of concussions, this violation could prove to be costly for the Redskins. Glazer noting, "The NFL wants teams to immediately acknowledge a head injury to prevent concussed players from getting pushed back on field."

Glazer followed up with a tweet that indicates the young quarterback even feels responsible for the collusion,

"RG3 gathered entire squad together on Wednesday on field and apologized for putting himself in harms way, promised he'd protect himself better".

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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