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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Zac Boyer

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) sits injured on the bench as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Thursday, September 25, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins refreshed, refocused as practice resumes after humiliating loss

A day after the Redskins were embarrassed by the New York Giants on national television, players were given simple marching orders from coach Jay Gruden: Escape for a few days, he told them, get your minds and your bodies right, and return on Tuesday ready to work to get better. Published September 30, 2014

**FILE** Washington Redskin defensive lineman Barry Cofield speaks with reporters during their NFL training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Barry Cofield eager to return, help Redskins defense

"You get down at times, but you've just got to think, 'I've been lucky,'" Cofield said. "I've been lucky that it's been this long before somebody fell on my legs. That's the norm in this league, so you know, I'm just taking it in stride, and I'll come back in the second half of the season the freshest person on the field." Published September 30, 2014

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) talks to a coach on the sideline at FedExField, Landover, Md., Novermber 25, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Trent Williams, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul all optimistic for Redskins' next game

The Redskins entered the short week with 17 players on their injury report, with four others leaving the game against the Giants because of injury. Williams, who dislocated his right kneecap, and Paul, who left after sustaining a concussion, both figure to be able to play, while Reed practiced Monday for the first time since before the season-opener. Published September 30, 2014

Eagles' Jason Peters, right, and the Redskins' Chris Baker, left, brawl in the fourth quarter as an official tries to break it up during an NFL football game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti)

Chris Baker, Jason Peters each fined for their roles in Redskins, Eagles brawl

Though Baker avoided being disciplined by the league for his hit on Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday, he was not able to dodge punishment altogether. The league announced Friday that the Redskins' nose tackle, and the Eagles' left tackle, were each fined for their actions in the scuffle that followed the hit. Published September 26, 2014

** FILE ** Washington Redskins guard Josh LeRibeus (67) blocks for quarterback Jonathan Crompton during fourth-quarter action. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

Josh LeRibeus to make first career start for Redskins on Thursday

LeRibeus will replace Shawn Lauvao at left guard as he did in the second half of the Redskins' loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. Lauvao, who started the first three games, bruised his right knee on Sept. 14 in a victory over Jacksonville and has experienced additional swelling in recent days. Published September 25, 2014

Washington Redskins' Chris Baker walks off the field after being disqualified during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins' Chris Baker avoids discipline for hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles

Following a review of the play, Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive director of football operations and its chief disciplinarian, ruled that Foles could have made a tackle during an interception return by the Redskins in the fourth quarter of the teams' game on Sunday and thus was not afforded the protections typically granted to a quarterback. Published September 24, 2014

Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jordan Reed out, Brian Orakpo probable for Redskins' game against Giants

Reed, who strained the hamstring in the season-opening loss at Houston, has not been able to practice since the injury. Fourteen other players listed on the injury report this week, including Orakpo, defensive end Jason Hatcher and wide receiver DeSean Jackson, may be able to play. Published September 24, 2014

Washington Redskins' Pierre Garcon (88) tries to break a tackle by Washington Redskins' Tracy Porter (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins finding ways to get ball to playmakers Garcon, Jackson, Roberts

The overall philosophy of Jay Gruden's passing attack is simple: the coach wants the quarterback to get the ball in his playmakers' hands as quickly as possible. Kirk Cousins showed Sunday that a combination of trust, a quick release and a good sense of timing can make that West Coast derivation successful. Published September 23, 2014

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) is helped off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

His season over, Hall will focus on helping Redskins teammates

Despite the best wishes of his team's athletic training staff, Hall couldn't stay in the locker room after he was hurt Sunday. He needed to see first-hand how the Redskins would fare at the end of their game against Philadelphia — at one point even pulling his replacement, rookie Bashaud Breeland, aside for additional coaching. Published September 22, 2014

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), from Austria, celebrates after his goal in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Andre Burakovsky getting long look at center in Capitals training camp

Such responsibilities may be a bit overwhelming for Burakovsky, but on Sunday, in the Capitals' preseason opener, he seemed more than adept at handling them. He scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Buffalo at Verizon Center, burying a wrister off a one-timer from Jason Chimera from the right faceoff circle 13:14 into the first period. Published September 22, 2014

Personnel check on Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins' injury report crowded heading into short week

Seventeen players were listed on the Redskins' injury report in advance of their Thursday night game against the New York Giants, but coach Jay Gruden said that all of them, except for quarterback Robert Griffin III, may be able to play. Published September 22, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) shows is frustration on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DeSean Jackson active, will play against Eagles on Sunday

Jackson, listed as questionable on the injury report, separated his left shoulder in the Redskins’ victory over Jacksonville last week and was only able to go through what coach Jay Gruden said was a “very limited” practice on Friday. Published September 21, 2014

Washington Capitals' defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates his goal with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (81), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Mike Green unsure of future with Capitals, but ready to get comfortable again

General manager Brian MacLellan, appointed to the post in May when the contract of George McPhee wasn't renewed, made no promises that Green would last in Washington. When asked if he could see Green remaining with the team past the upcoming season, MacLellan said he "would assume so," because Green's "a good player. Published September 21, 2014

Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall is helped off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins notes: DeAngelo Hall may have torn Achilles tendon

Hall, one of the Redskins' starting cornerbacks, left the game with 10:36 to play in the third quarter while dropping back to cover Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. He appeared to get the leg caught in the grass and did not put any weight on the leg when he was helped to the sideline and then to the locker room. Published September 21, 2014