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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

Articles by Matthew Paras

Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Mike Jordan (60) talks with Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) as they walk off the field at the conclusion of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover, Md. Washington won 20-9. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Terry McLaurin active for Washington

Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin is active for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after being previously listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Published November 26, 2020

Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder, left, and team president Jason Wright, right, walk off the field before the start of the first half of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dan Snyder not traveling to Dallas for Thanksgiving game

Washington owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya won't travel to Dallas for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys after coming in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Published November 25, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NFL postpones Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night game

The NFL is postponing this week's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- moving it from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The delay comes after a number of Baltimore players and staffers tested positive for the coronavirus. Published November 25, 2020

Washington Football Team strong safety Landon Collins (26) knocks the ball of the hands of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First in the East is at stake, but there's little else to connect with rivalry's glory days

The NFL's most-storied rivals meet again Thursday when the Cowboys host Washington in a national Thanksgiving showcase at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (4:30 p.m., Fox). But this year, the battle will be missing the distinct American Indian imagery after Washington retired its "Redskins" moniker over the summer -- just one of the many ways the rivalry is now different. Published November 25, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is consoled by teammate tight end Drew Sample (89) and other players before being moved off the field after injuring his left knee following a play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Al Drago) **FILE**

From Burrow to Prescott, NFL seeing rash of quarterback injuries

Through 11 weeks, five starters have landed on injured reserve -- Burrow, Allen, Prescott, New Orleans' Drew Brees and San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo. Two others -- the Jets' Sam Darnold and Jacksonville's Garnder Minshew -- have also missed significant time. And Chicago could be without Nick Foles (hip) and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) this weekend against the Packers. Published November 24, 2020

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall walks off the court during a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston.  The Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard says on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, he has no plans to trade John Wall and is looking forward to seeing the point guard reunited in the backcourt with Bradley Beal.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Tommy Sheppard: Wizards have no plan to trade John Wall

Sheppard denied Wall wants out of the District, adding the team has "no plans" to trade the 30-year-old. Over the weekend, The Athletic and other outlets reported that Wall demanded a trade after previous reports of him being shopped for Houston's Russell Westbrook. Sheppard, though, said he hasn't heard that from Wall. Published November 23, 2020

Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson (37) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (27) fail to stop Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) from scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Up for grabs: Why each team in the NFC East can still win the division

The Eagles' 22-17 loss Sunday to the Cleveland Browns dropped Philadelphia to 3-6-1 on the year. The Washington Football Team is now a half-game back for the division lead. So too are the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Yes, they're all 3-7. Published November 23, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) shakes hands with Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) as Burrows is carted away off the field during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. Burrows left the game with a left knee injury. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Joe Burrow's injury changes game as Washington comes back to beat Bengals

Just before Joe Burrow was carted off with a serious-looking knee injury, Chase Young went over to check on the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. Once a teammate of Burrow's at Ohio State, Young had just been part of the collision that knocked the 23-year-old out of the game: In the third quarter, Young tackled Burrow's chest while Jonathan Allen crashed into the quarterback's legs. Published November 22, 2020