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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) takes the field during team introductions before the start of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Alex Smith recovery could take 6-8 months

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Alex Smith's leg surgery went well and estimated the quarterback's recovery could take 6-8 months. Published November 19, 2018

FedEx Field is seen in this general view prior to an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

FedEx Field takes central role in decline of Redskins fans' experience

This is FedEx Field in 2018. The 21-year-old stadium has become a central character in the story of the Redskins season, as players criticize the fans for a supposed lack of support at home games, fans diss the experience of attending a game there and rumors swirl about where and when the team could move to a new home turf. Published November 18, 2018

Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) reaches for Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) as he leaves the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

McCoy gets nod as Redskins look to sign help at quarterback

This wasn't the outcome the Redskins envisioned when they dealt a third-round pick and promising corner Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason for Smith. Washington viewed Smith as the perfect quarterback to lead them after the Kirk Cousins era. Published November 18, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, bottom, reacts after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Alex Smith to miss rest of the season, needs surgery

Alex Smith will miss the rest of the season after breaking his tibia and fibula in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans. The Redskins quarterback will need "immediate" surgery, coach Jay Gruden said. Published November 18, 2018

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Robert Griffin III active for Ravens vs. Bengals

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is active for the first time this season with starter Joe Flacco out with a hip injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Published November 18, 2018

The Centennial Eagles in Howard County, Maryland, are back on the field after a year without varsity football. The Eagles have had trouble finding enough players for a team and did not scored a single point all season. (Photograph by Steve Ruark/Special to The Washington Times)

Friday night plight: Parents, players rethinking football

High school football enrollment has dropped 6.6 percent in the past 10 years, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, and the total number of players decreased by 20,320 from 2016 to 2017. Published November 15, 2018

Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn (14) makes a one handed catch during drills after the morning session of the Redskins NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) **FILE**

Trey Quinn excited for return to Redskins

Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn re-joins an offense that is in desperate need of a jolt heading into Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Published November 15, 2018

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson watches the video screen after he scored a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. Wilson returned to the lineup after his 20-game suspension was reduced to 14 by a neutral arbitrator. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wilson back on ice after arbitrator reduces suspension

A neutral arbitrator reduced Wilson's ban Tuesday to 14 games from 20 -- making the Capitals winger eligible to play right away. The 24-year-old made his return later in the evening against the Minnesota Wild. Published November 13, 2018

PJ Wiliams breaks up a pass to Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder as the New Orleans Saints take on the Washington Redskins during Monday Night Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The Saints won 43-19. (The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Jamison Crowder to get another MRI on ankle

After Jamison Crowder missed his fifth straight game Sunday, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday the wideout would receive another MRI on his ankle. Published November 13, 2018

Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger runs onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

Swearinger: Redskins' home-field advantage lacking

Josh Norman's complaints about Redskins fans being too fickle and too few in number at home games are spot on, says teammate D.J. Swearinger, who went even further, calling the home-field advantage at FedEx Field is as nonexistent as any he's seen. Published November 12, 2018