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NFL Workout Updates: 10/16/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. Links to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

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Redskins Release Ziggy Hood

A two-year starter for the Redskins whom the team deployed in a backup role for four games this season, Ziggy Hood received notice he’d been released on Tuesday.

The Redskins announced they are cutting ties with the veteran nose tackle. He played just 49 snaps in four games for Washington this season. The 31-year-old defender did not play any snaps on Sunday.

Hood, however, started 27 games between the 2016-17 seasons with Washington. The Redskins now having Da’Ron Payne made Hood less valuable, though. The 10th-year player’s started 73 games since being a Steelers first-round pick in 2009.

The Redskins have not made a corresponding move yet. Stacy McGee is now eligible to come off the PUP list, so this transaction could be a sign he’s ready to return from the groin injury that caused him to land on the PUP to start the season.

Josh Norman, Jay Gruden Put Halftime Incident Behind Them

  • Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and cornerback Josh Norman have discussed the halftime incident that garnered some media attention earlier this week and have put the matter behind them, per Rapoport (video link). Rapoport says that Gruden stepped to the front of the locker room to address the team at halftime of Monday’s loss to the Saints, and Norman had his headphones on — as he always does at halftime — and had his back to Gruden, so did not know that the head coach had begun talking. Gruden took exception to what he perceived as a lack of attention and yanked the headphones of off Norman’s head, which obviously made Norman upset. Norman walked away from Gruden and was therefore benched to start the second half, but it does not sound as if this issue will be a lingering problem for the two men moving forward.

Norman Was Benched Due To Argument With Gruden

  • Josh Norman was benched to start the second half of the Redskins’ loss to the Saints on Monday night, and it apparently wasn’t about his play. “It was definitely something between Gruden and Norman that got a little heated and definitely not because of him getting beat in coverage”, according to John Keim of ESPN (Twitter link). Apparently Norman and coach Jay Gruden got into an altercation at halftime, and this will be an interesting situation to monitor going forward.

Adrian Peterson Has Shoulder Strain

  • Su’a Cravens is currently sitting on the injured reserve with a knee injury, but Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic tweets that the Broncos safety is expected to return to practice next week. The 23-year-old is eligible to return following his team’s game against the Rams this weekend, and the organization will have three weeks to activate him. The 2016 second-round pick was acquired from the Redskins back in March, and he’ll be looking to crack a depth chart that already includes Darian StewartJustin Simmons, and Will Parks.
  • There seemed to be a difference in opinions when it came to Adrian Peterson‘s injury. ESPN’s John Keim tweets that the Redskins running back described the injury as a dislocation, while head coach Jay Gruden simply referred to it as a strain. Peterson underwent an MRI earlier today, and the tests ultimately revealed a strain (via USA Today’s Mike Jones on Twitter). The 33-year-old has compiled 242 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 60 carries this season.

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More Practice Squad Updates: 10/9/18

Here are the rest of today’s practice squad moves (earlier version can be found here):

Baltimore Ravens

  • Signed: WR Tim White
  • Released: OL Randin Crecelius

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Josh Doctson Suffers Injury In Practice

  • Josh Doctson suffered a heel injury during practice earlier in the week and is questionable for the Redskins‘ game against the Saints, per ESPN.com’s John Keim (on Twitter). He did not practice Saturday, which doesn’t bode well for the third-year wideout’s status for Monday night. Maurice Harris will start in Doctson’s place if he’s unable to go, Jay Gruden said.

Practice Squad Updates: 10/2/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

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Washington Redskins

Redskins Rumors: Peterson, Galette, Cap

Neither Daniel Snyder nor Redskins president Bruce Allen knew about the team’s decision to bring Adrian Peterson in for a workout. Instead, VP of player personnel Doug Williams and football operations president Eric Shaffer moved forward with the audition that quickly led to Peterson signing and then reclaiming an NFL starting gig.

(Shaffer) looked and me and said, ‘Well, what do you think, what do we got to lose?’” Williams said during a radio interview with the Team 980’s Doc Walker (via the Washington Post). “I’m a little hesitant to pull the plug, and then before I went out to practice I looked at Eric and said, ‘Hey Eric, what the heck? Let’s do it.’

The thing about that, I came to practice, I was so hyped about it that I forgot to tell Bruce that we was bringing him in. I’m sitting there that evening and Bruce came in my office and he just stood there looking at me. I’m thinking, ‘What’d I do?’ Well, Dan had called him and let him know he didn’t know. And Bruce let me know that he didn’t know because Dan didn’t know. I said, ‘Well look, that’s on me.’ I took it. Sometimes you have to have big shoulders, you take it and you move on.”

Williams arranged the workout for Monday, at a time when the Redskins were searching for available backs, and Peterson signed for the veteran minimum later that day. Peterson is thriving with Washington, his fourth NFL team; his 236 yards are fourth among players who’ve played just three games. He scored twice and rushed for a season-high 120 yards (6.3 per carry) in the Redskins’ 31-17 Week 3 win over the Packers.

Here’s the latest out of the nation’s capital:

  • Unless the Redskins see a member of their edge-rushing contingent suffer a setback, don’t look for them to bring back Junior Galette. Redskins brass is comfortable with its quartet of Ryan Kerrigan, Pernell McPhee, Preston Smith and Ryan AndersonRich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington notes. Galette’s expressed regret he turned down a Washington offer, for what the veteran pass rusher says was for two years and $10MM, this offseason. The Redskins informed him during free agency they were moving in a different direction. A Rams visit also did not produce a deal. After two season-nullifying injuries, Galette played in 16 Washington games last season and recorded three sacks. Of the aforementioned incumbents, only Anderson has a sack this season.
  • Washington would like this season to be a redshirt campaign for third-round pick Geron Christian. Jay Gruden said this week (per Tandler) he would like the rookie offensive linemen to learn this season. Christian has not been active on a game day yet, and the Redskins’ offensive line hasn’t encountered the injury trouble it did in 2017.
  • Although Washington has not made Caleb Brantley part of any of its 46-man Sunday rosters, the team views the young defensive lineman as a rotational piece down the line, Tandler adds. The Browns waived Brantley after one season. He played in 12 games as a rookie, starting one, and registered two sacks and a fumble recovery. Washington’s receiving strong play from its defensive line thus far, making opportunities for the second-year newcomer scarce.
  • One of the ways Washington can increase its cap space next year (projected total of $25MM) would be by cutting Josh Norman. While that line of thinking surfaced over the summer, Tandler writes it may behoove the team to keep its top corner in the fold for another season. A Norman release would save Washington $8.5MM but also stick the franchise with $6MM in dead money. Washington ranks second in total defense thus far and moved on from Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason. Norman’s working with Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau now.

Redskins Cut WR Breshad Perriman

Breshad Perriman‘s stint in Washington has already come to an end. ProFootballTalk.com reports (via Twitter) that the Redskins have released the wide receiver. According to PFT, the organization “indicated it could bring him back in the future.” Meanwhile, ESPN’s John Keim tweets that the team will be promoting running back Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad to take the open roster spot.

The Ravens finally bailed on the 2015 first-rounder out of Central Florida in early September. After sitting out his entire rookie campaign due to injury, Perriman went on to have a pair of underwhelming seasons in Baltimore. He showed a bit of promise in 2016, hauling in 33 catches for 499 yards and three scores. However, he seemingly took a step back in 2017, catching only 10 passes for 77 yards.

The Redskins ended up signing the 25-year-old earlier this week, but they also added fellow wideout Michael Floyd on the same day. Following today’s move, the team has five healthy receivers on their active roster: Floyd, Josh Doctson, Jamison CrowderPaul Richardson, and Brian Quick (Maurice Harris missed last week due to a concussion).

Bibbs joined the Redskins practice squad last November, and he ended up compiling 79 rushing yards on 21 carries in three games (he also added another 14 receptions for 128 yards). He was cut at the end of the preseason but once again caught on with the practice squad. With Rob Kelley joining Derrius Guice and Byron Marshall on the team’s injured reserve list, the Redskins were only rostering three running backs in Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine. Bibbs will likely slide behind that trio on the depth chart, and he could play a role on special teams (seven career kick returns).

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