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Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins (26) reacts after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Washington won 17-15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Landon Collins, J.D. McKissic out for Washington

- The Washington Times

The Washington Football Team ruled out safety Landon Collins (foot), guard Wes Schweitzer (ankle) and running back J.D. McKissic (concussion) ahead of Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday because of injuries.

In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore. The former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl quarterback has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to be a college football and NFL analyst.  The deal also allows Griffin III to seek a playing opportunity with a team if one arises. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: RG3's tell-all may be silver lining to twisted saga

Robert Griffin III -- the architect of both brief times of triumph followed by long stretches of pain -- woke Washington Football Team fans from their dreams with the news he posted on his Twitter account that he will have a book coming out next August. The title? "Surviving Washington."

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Landover. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

'We give ourselves a chance': Washington's surge toward playoffs continues with win over Seahawks

- The Washington Times

Ron Rivera's team has now won three straight -- and more importantly, the Burgundy and Gold (5-6) would be in the playoffs if the season ended today as the NFC's seventh seed. There's still a lot of football left, of course, but Washington is now in a much better position to control its own path. Starting next week, the team faces the Las Vegas Raiders and then closes the season with five straight division games.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman) **FILE**

Win over Seattle would put Washington in playoff mix

- Associated Press

Washington has won two in a row to move to the fringe of the NFC playoff race, while the Seahawks are off to their worst 10-game record under coach Pete Carroll and are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak with Russell as the starting quarterback.

Washington Football Team wide receiver DeAndre Carter, left, scores a touchdown in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Dee Delaney during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

DeAndre Carter leads Pro Bowl voting for return specialists

- The Washington Times

Washington wide receiver DeAndre Carter leads the NFL in Pro Bowl voting for kick return specialists after the first batch of votes were publicly released Wednesday -- a reflection of the strong year the 28-year-old has had for the Burgundy and Gold on special teams.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Morgan Fox (91) tackles Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

'Grind it out': Washington's newfound success comes with rise in time of possession

- The Washington Times

As Washington rides a two-game winning streak ahead of Monday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, the Burgundy and Gold's newfound success can be attributed partly to drives like the one used to finish off the Buccaneers. Over the last few weeks, Washington has controlled time of possession -- including in the team's most recent win over the Carolina Panthers.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates with wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) after Cooper caught a 21-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

As COVID-19 affects teams, frustration over NFL skeptics heats up

- The Washington Times

As an unvaccinated player, Amari Cooper must miss at least 10 days following a positive test because of NFL protocols -- which differentiate the procedures for when vaccinated and unvaccinated players can return. And since the Cowboys are on a short week, the three-time Pro Bowler had no shot at playing on the holiday classic under the league's guidelines.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

'Saved our season': Win over Panthers prompts comparisons to last year

- The Washington Times

This weekend was sold as a homecoming for Ron Rivera, the former Panthers coach who, in a special twist, got to face quarterback Cam Newton. But Washington's latest win proved to be about much more than a Rivera-Newton showdown. Rather, the victory was an indication that this season might not be lost just yet for the Burgundy and Gold.

Head coach Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers coaches against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. Panthers defeated the Cardinals 34-10. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)

Life after Rivera: Aggressive Panthers' rebuild a stark contrast with Washington

- The Washington Times

Sunday's game against the Panthers will be a reunion for Rivera and many others who are now with the Burgundy and Gold. Washington has more than 30 coaches, executives and players who hold Carolina ties -- including Rivera, executive Marty Hurney, offensive coordinator Scott Turner and quarterback Taylor Heinicke. But the faces they'll recognize on the opposing sideline won't be as many as one might expect.

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams) **FILE**

NFL trend of going for it on fourth down picking up speed

- Associated Press

Teams going on fourth down is much less of a surprise these days than ever, even if it's in the first half in their own territory, in a tie game when a field goal will provide a late lead, or when protecting a lead at the end of the game.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Maybe coach Ron Rivera is right about Taylor Heinicke

It would have been easy to make the change, and no one would have blamed the coach. But Rivera stuck with Heinicke, and his faith paid off. Now Heinicke likely has the rest of the season to convince people that he could be the quarterback of the future for this team -- not that he is, but that he could be.

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young uses crutches on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington looks to maintain pass rush without Young

- The Washington Times

Washington finally had the breakout performance that players and coaches insisted was coming when the team toppled the defending Super Bowl champions. But it came at a cost: Defensive end Chase Young indeed suffered a season-ending knee injury against Tampa Bay, coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) scores a touchdown in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington's long fourth-quarter drive seals victory over Tampa Bay

- The Washington Times

Not many things are scarier in the NFL than giving the ball back to Tom Brady with a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. But the seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback never got the opportunity at a comeback, as Washington's offense went on a 19-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter to seal the 29-19 victory.

FILE - Former New York Giants linebacker Sam Huff waves to the fans as he stands behind his Hall of Fame bust during the halftime show of an NFL football game between the Giants and the Denver Broncos on Sept. 15, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. Huff, the hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker who helped the Giants reach six NFL title games from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and later became a popular player and announcer in Washington, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. He was 87. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun File)

Hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff dies at 87

- Associated Press

Sam Huff, the hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker who helped the New York Giants reach six NFL title games from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and later became a popular player and announcer in Washington, died Saturday. He was 87.

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Bobby Massie (70) battles Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Young defends slow start: 'You gotta block out the haters'

- The Washington Times

Chase Young was a busy man this past offseason. Filming one commercial to another -- serving as a face for eBay, Under Armour and others -- the Washington defensive end learned to juggle his time between being a professional athlete and his newfound life as a businessman. Young even chose to skip the team's voluntary practices to keep up with his schedule, though he often maintained his own workouts -- going as far as to send footage to coach Ron Rivera over texts.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) signals a first down against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Before Tampa, after Tampa: One game changed it all for Heinicke

- The Washington Times

Taylor Heinicke estimates he got only 45 minutes of sleep on the night his life changed forever. Riding high in the wake of an electric -- if ultimately unsuccessful -- playoff performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last January, the Washington quarterback spent hours returning text messages from friends and family.

San Francisco 49ers kicker Joey Slye celebrates his field goal with Charlie Woerner (89) and Mitch Wishnowsky during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) ** FILE **

Washington cuts kicker Chris Blewitt, signs Joey Slye

- The Washington Times

The Washington Football Team cut kicker Chris Blewitt on Tuesday and signed Joey Slye, parting ways with Blewitt after two games. Last week, coach Ron Rivera hardly endorsed Blewitt, telling reporters that he was the team's kicker "for now."

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott, left, and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera chat during an NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) **FILE**

Rivera, McDermott nominated for Salute to Service Award

Associated Press

Coaches Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott, standout players Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and Demario Davis, team owner Arthur Blank, and the Houston Texans cheerleaders are among nominees from 31 teams for the NFL's Salute to Service Award.

Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90) lines up against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Montez Sweat to miss at least a month with broken jaw

- The Washington Times

Washington pass-rusher Montez Sweat suffered a broken jaw in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, a source confirmed -- a major blow to the team's defense and defensive line. Sweat will reportedly miss four to six weeks because of the injury. The 2019 first-rounder is second on the team in sacks with four and he makes a strong tandem with Chase Young.

Washington Football Team kicker Chris Blewitt (12) attempts a field goal against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. The Broncos blocked the kick and recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Blewitt keeps Washington kicker job 'for now'

- The Washington Times

For now. Those are the words Ron Rivera used when asked if Chris Blewitt was still Washington's kicker. Rivera's answer was hardly a vote of confidence and it was obvious why: Blewitt has had more kicks blocked (3) than field goals made (2) in the two games since he took over the job.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. The Broncos won 17-10. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

With bye week at hand, Rivera gets time to weigh options

- The Washington Times

This time, Ron Rivera was in no mood to hand out firm commitments. Not to his quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, who once again couldn't consistently convert steady drives to touchdowns. And certainly not to his kicker, Chris Blewitt, who had two blocked kicks.

Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Robert D. Manfred, Jr. talks with the media before Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOVERRO: Goodell, Manfred in a race to the gutter

- The Washington Times

We saw the worst of American sports this week. We saw the leaders of the country's two most popular leagues -- football and baseball -- square off in a competition over who could be more arrogant, who could tell the biggest fib with a straight face. A fraud-off, if you will.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the start of the second round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) **FILE**

NFL not planning to issue report on Washington sexual harassment probe

- Associated Press

The NFL is not going to issue a report on its 10-month investigation into allegations the Washington Football Team engaged in harassment and abuse because of its promise to protect the identities of those who testified, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday.

Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) looks on from the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Last year's 2-5 Washington team ended up in the playoffs. Is another miracle too much to ask?

- The Washington Times

The record 2-5 doesn't quite muster the same type of folklore in the District that 19-31 does for the Washington Nationals. But for the Washington Football Team last season, 2-5 was the record often cited when championing the Burgundy and Gold's NFC East division win. Just as how the Nationals used 19-31 as a rallying cry in 2019 -- the year they won the World Series.

Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws the ball during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Fitzpatrick set for MRI in two weeks, no timetable on return

- Associated Press

Washington coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick would have an MRI on his injured right hip in a couple of weeks, which would then allow the team to set a course for the 38-year-old's return.

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SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

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A year-by-year timeline of the Washington Redskins' most memorable gaffes and shortcomings of the 2010s, marking the 10-year anniversary of the hiring of team president and former general manager Bruce Allen.