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The Insider: May, 2012

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 05/30/2012

NFL, NFL Players Association announce that Pro Bowl will continue

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had threatened to end the NFL’s annual all-star game after poor play nearly submarined the game this year, but robust ratings and the NFLPA helped salvage it.

By Mark Maske  |  04:51 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Brian Banks draws interest from NFL suitors

Former prep football star Brian Banks had been in prison since 2002 before being exonerated last week.

By Mike Jones  |  01:44 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Redskins OTAs continue this week

Kicking off their second week of organized team activities, the Redskins will continue to practice Wednesday and Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  09:45 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 05/24/2012

HGH testing in NFL no closer to starting because of search for new candidate to lead study

The NFL and the players’ union are looking for a new candidate to oversee a study that would be a precursor to blood-testing for human growth hormone.

By Mark Maske  |  09:58 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Redskins, Cowboys are among defendants in NFLPA’s collusion lawusit

The Redskins and Cowboys are defendants in the players’ union’s collusion lawsuit against the league, even after they were punished by the league for their spending on players.

By Mark Maske  |  08:06 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/24/2012

What is the significance of Robert Griffin III’s locker location?

VIDEO | The young QB’s locker is between two veteran linebackers. Post Sports wonders why.

By Washington Post Sports  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Santana Moss aims to return to form for Redskins

When he looked back on one of the most disappointing seasons of his 11-year career, Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss knew something had to change.

By Mike Jones  |  11:19 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/23/2012

NFLPA files collusion complaint in Redskins, Cowboys salary cap case

Players union alleges the league had a secret salary cap of $123 million per team during the uncapped year.

By Mark Maske  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Washington Redskins’ Stephen Bowen expects to bounce back from knee scope

Redskins starting DE Stephen Bowen is working on the side at OTAs as he rehabs after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

By Mike Jones  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 05/23/2012

James Thrash, Troy Vincent, help develop the next generation of coaches

Strong leaders as players, they’re now smoothing the road to a coaching career. Former Hog Joe Jacoby hopes to follow that path.

By Mike Jones  |  09:46 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Pierre Garcon isn’t worried about who’s No. 1

Despite his big free agent contract, Pierre Garcon describes himself as just part of the Redskins’ receiving corps.

By Mark Maske  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Roger Goodell defends suspension of Jonathan Vilma, others in Saints’ bounty program

The NFL commissioner says of punishments handed to players as part of the Saints’ bounty program, “I don’t expect that everyone is going to agree all the time, particularly when it involves discipline.”

By Mark Maske  |  08:11 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Mike Shanahan is fine, back at work

Redskins’ coach was carrying out duties Tuesday, a day after he was knocked ‘woozy’ in a collision with two players. He will be on the field when OTAs resume Wednesday.

By Mike Jones  |  04:36 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Arbitrator dismisses Redskins’, Cowboys’ salary cap appeal

Washington and Dallas had asked him to overturn sharp cuts in salary cap space imposed by NFL.

By Mark Maske  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Move for Robert Griffin III helped sell London Fletcher on return to Redskins

Linebacker says the Redskins’ efforts to land a franchise quarterback played a significant role in his decision to re-sign with the team.

By Mike Jones  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 05/21/2012

NFL owners to vote on rule changes for injured reserve, trade deadline and leg pads

At a meeting Tuesday, they also may change rules on the trade deadline and injured reserve.

By Mark Maske  |  05:33 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Robert Griffin III impresses vets on first day of OTAs

On first day of organized team activities, veterans say Robert Griffin III shows maturity, strong work ethic.

By Mike Jones  |  04:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Chris Cooley says he’s healthy and ready to contribute

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley says his knee is healthy and he’s ready to compete for playing time.

By Mark Maske  |  03:39 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Fred Davis says drug issues are “not going to come up again”

Tight end says he has learned from four-game suspension and has put his priorities in order.

By Mike Jones  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Coach Mike Shanahan knocked ‘woozy’ during practice collision

REDSKINS INSIDER | Head coach is leveled when WR Pierre Garcon and DB Brandyn Thompson collide going for the ball during practice.

By Mike Jones  |  02:04 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/21/2012

‘It’s football season’: Redskins kick off OTAs

On Monday, the Redskins will hold the first of three offseason training activities at Redskins Park.

By Mike Jones  |  12:37 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 05/17/2012

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma sues NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation

Saints linebacker, suspended for 2012 season in the team’s bounty scandal, contends NFL commissioner made false statements that injured his reputation.

By Mark Maske  |  04:14 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Redskins sign fourth-round pick, ILB Keenan Robinson

The Washington Redskins announced that they have signed the linebacker to his rookie contract.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 05/16/2012

NFL rookies signing contracts rapidly under new salary system

New pay system has reduced draft picks’ pay and the need to bargain over most elements of contracts. Through Monday, 124 had already signed.

By Mark Maske  |  04:17 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Redskins’ starters shaping up

Most competition for the upcoming season will be at running back, wide receiver and safety.

By Mike Jones  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 PM ET, 05/13/2012

Redskins, Tim Hightower agree to terms

The Washington Redskins and running back Tim Hightower have agreed to terms on a deal to bring the four-year veteran back for another season.

By Mike Jones  |  11:21 PM ET, 05/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Referees optimistic of completing new NFL labor deal

Negotiations between the league and the referees association are continuing. The current deal expires at the end of this month.

By Mark Maske  |  02:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Six days, two lives, two deaths

Former Giants WR Stacy Robinson, who died shortly after Chargers’ LB Junior Seau, left a legacy of his own.

By Roman Oben  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Bruce Allen discusses upgrades at Redskins Park

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said team management is looking for ways to improve the Ashburn, Va., headquarters.

By Mike Jones  |  07:47 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Art Monk is lead plaintiff in another concussion lawsuit against the NFL

Receiver and 62 others sue the NFL and helmet maker Riddell Inc. for failing to protect them from the impact of concussions

By Mike Jones  |  05:14 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Salary cap hearing for Redskins and Cowboys ends

The two teams are challenging sharp cuts in cap space imposed by the NFL for the way they structured some player contracts in 2010.

By Mark Maske  |  03:01 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Salary cap arbitration hearing underway

Redskins and Cowboys challenging NFL penalty.

By Mark Maske  |  11:12 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Ex-Redskins QB John Beck agrees to deal with Houston Texans

The former Washington quarterback latches on after being released by the Redskins in late April.

By Mike Jones  |  07:44 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Redskins, Cowboys set for hearing Thursday in challenge to salary cap penalties

By Mark Maske  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Redskins look to capi­tal­ize on Josh LeRibeus’s versatility

Coach Mike Shanahan sees third-round pick as a player capable of playing guard in his zone blocking scheme but also someone who could be an answer at center.

By Mike Jones  |  12:06 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Redskins veterans pleased that Shanahan has named Robert Griffin III the starter at QB

They back coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to name him starting quarterback after rookie mini-camp.

By Mike Jones  |  03:32 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Leonard Hankerson says his recovery from hip surgery is on schedule

Wide receiver, who figures prominently in Redskins’ plans this season, says he should be fully ready by the start of training camp

By Mike Jones  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Redskins’ LB Brian Orakpo hosts fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Linebacker’s third annual golf tournament attracts 40 teammates, coach Mike Shanahan, general manager Bruce Allen

By Mike Jones  |  01:44 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Trent Williams intends to become a better player and leader

After losing the final four games of last season to a substance abuse-related suspension, he is eager to start fresh in 2012.

By Mike Jones  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Chris Cooley’s knee rehab is progressing smoothly

Tight end Chris Cooley has reported no problems during his rehabilitation from an injury-shortened 2011 when he posted career-low numbers.

By Mike Jones  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Mike Shanahan likes depth of Redskins’ wide receiver unit

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan expects to have a formidable wide receiver corps in 2012.

By Mike Jones  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Redskins sign two more draft picks

Sixth-round choices Alfred Morris and Tom Compton agree to deals.

By Mike Jones  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III is “the starter. Period.”

After five practices at his first rookie mini-camp, Redskins’ QB is moved into the No. 1 spot.

By Mike Jones  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Redskins sign Adam Gettis, their fifth-round pick

The fifth-round pick out of Iowa is expected to compete for time at backup guard and center as a rookie.

By Mike Jones  |  02:43 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Redskins sign seventh-rounders Richard Crawford, Jordan Bernstine

The Washington Redskins announced that they have signed their two seventh-round draft picks, cornerback Richard Crawford and safety Jordan Bernstine, to contracts.

By Mike Jones  |  03:03 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/04/2012

NFLPA says Roger Goodell lacks authority to suspend Saints

The NFL Players Association says Commissioner Roger Goodell does not have the authority to suspend the players for conduct prior to the sport’s current labor deal.

By Mark Maske and Rick Maese  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Redskins kick off rookie minicamp

The Washington Redskins open their three-day rookie minicamp, marking the first practice for quarterback Robert Griffin III.

By Mike Jones  |  10:29 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White says the NFL case against suspended players is strong

Former New York U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White says the NFL has compelling evidence against four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

By Mark Maske  |  06:10 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Everything you were wondering about Robert Griffin III’s contract

Deal should be about $21 million and fully guaranteed. There is little room for haggling between the team and Griffin’s agent.

By Mark Maske  |  03:26 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Aldrick Robinson excited about reunion with SMU teammates

Second-year wide receiver looking forward to having college teammates Josh LeRibeus and Richard Crawford in Redskins camp.

By Mike Jones  |  12:25 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Jabar Gaffney reaches deal with New England Patriots

A day after the Redskins released last season’s most productive wide receiver, he moves on to the AFC champs.

By Mike Jones  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/02/2012

NFL suspends four players for roles in New Orleans Saints bounty scandal

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma will miss the entire 2012 season. Three others will miss games.

By Mark Maske  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Robert Griffin III’s next project

His ‘mixed reality’ video, a requirement for his Master’s degree, explores the concept’s use in football training.

By Rick Maese  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Redskins QB coach Matt LaFleur on Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman

You can never have enough breakdowns of Robert Griffin III, and so here’s one from Redskins quarterback coah Matt LaFleur who, along with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, will educate the team’s franchise quarterback on the NFL and Washington’s offense.

By Mike Jones  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Redskins release Jabar Gaffney

Signings of Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon, and the hoped-for emergence of Leonard Hankerson, made him expendable

By Mike Jones  |  11:13 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Redskins sign linebacker Jonathan Goff

The Redskins have signed three-year veteran linebacker Jonathan Goff, who is expected to compete with Lorenzo Alexander, left, Bryan Kehl and rookie Keenan Robinson for the backup inside linebacker position.

By Mike Jones  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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