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Nathan Fenno

Articles by Nathan Fenno

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) smiles after an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The Redskins won 24-14. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

FENNO: Redskins' elusive victory doesn't diminish blemishes

Other than the scoreboard the Redskins didn't provide reason for optimism about this team in 60 mistaken-ridden minutes. The story of self-inflicted problems is familiar -- the story, really, of this unraveled season that this game did nothing to end. Published September 29, 2013

Washington National manager Davey Johnson waits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Johnson announced earlier in the season that this would be his last year managing the Nationals. The Nationals organization paid tribute to Johnson before the game, presenting him with a video tribute and a crystal award.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FENNO: As season goes bust, Nationals reminded how elusive October can be

The 2013 season is a warning to the organization that acted as if last season's 98 wins and division title were the first of many such postseason runs. That, somehow, landing one strike away from advancing to the NLCS in 2012 meant those October opportunities will always be there in Washington. Published September 24, 2013

Remembering the Navy Yard fallen: 12 diverse stories come to a sudden end

The 12 victims of Monday morning's rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard were contractors and blue-collar workers, U.S. Naval Academy graduates and international transplants, softball coaches and Redskins fans. Each brought a story to the place they never left. Published September 17, 2013

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, Oklahoma State University president Burns Hargis speaks during a news conference in Stillwater, Okla. Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders showed their displeasure with the company's board by withholding support for two directors up for re-election at Friday's annual meeting. Both directors have tendered their resignation. Hargis is one of the two directors who resigned Friday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FENNO: Double standards amount to business as usual with NCAA

The same behavior that would bring down the finger-wagging wrath of the NCAA and imperil the eligibility of any student-employee, er, -athlete is just fine for coaches, administrators, trainers, equipment managers, mascots, ushers, whoever. Published September 11, 2013

The last time Robert Griffin III faced the Eagles at home, he received plenty of attention (above) after directing a 31-6 victory. But that reception will be nothing compared to Monday night's season opener, when Griffin takes his first snaps in a game since injuring his knee in a wild-card playoff loss in January. After being cleared by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, last week, Griffin got the go-ahead from coach Mike Shanahan four days later. (the washington times)

FENNO: Hope returns as RG3 leads Redskins into 2013 season

The most-discussed knee in the NFL is once again healthy. At least that's what coach Mike Shanahan and Dr. James Andrews and Robert Griffin III insist. But time can only do so much. Moving past the painful series of events from January and months since can only happen on the field. Published September 8, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) is announced before the Washington Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, August 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: London Fletcher personifies NFL players' concussion balancing act

You would think London Fletcher, of all people, wouldn't be swept up in the hypermacho, tough-guy world where playing through injury is almost as exalted as producing in games. But much of football's good and bad is wrapped up in his meticulously maintained 5-foot-10, 245-pound frame. Published August 26, 2013

Fans line up behind a barrier to exchange their New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez football jerseys at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Patriots are offering a new jersey to all fans who want to get rid of the one they bought with Hernandez's name on it. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

FENNO: Erasing Aaron Hernandez an empty gesture

In an era in which Google makes certain nothing is forgotten — that errant tweet, that ill-advised picture, that NFL star turned inmate No. 174954 — the world of sports hasn't stopped trying to hurl undesirables down the memory hole. Published August 19, 2013

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis watches from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.  Portis is hoping for another chance with the Redskins. The running back said Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, he wants to keep playing, despite back-to-back seasons that have ended early because of injuries.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Clinton Portis sues NFL over concussions

Portis is the lead plaintiff in an 83-player lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Other plaintiffs include former Pro Bowl quarterback quarterback Daunte Culpepper and 1,000-yard rusher Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. Published August 14, 2013