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Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (8) runs play action with starting running back Evan Royster (35) on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, against the Minnesota Vikings. Royster had 132 yards on 19 carries. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Redskins rookie RB Evan Royster shines in starting debut

Evan Royster stood in back of the warm interview room, arms crossed and head bowed toward the carpet. Eight television cameras were pointed the other way and, for a few minutes, the Washington Redskins' rookie running back remained anonymous. Published December 24, 2011

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw two early interceptions last Sunday, but he rebounded to have a solid game in a 23-10 win at the New York Giants. (Associated Press)

Redskins' Grossman undeterred by turnovers

Resiliency is familiar to Rex Grossman. That's how the Washington Redskins quarterback has survived 82 turnovers in 52 career games. Published December 20, 2011

Washington Redskins' Reed Doughty (37), right, and teammate Barry Cofield react after New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (not shown) missed a field goal during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Redskins won 23-10. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Redskins relish first Giant sweep since '99

Some Redskins players found extra satisfaction in Sunday's 23-10 victory over the New York Giants because of what Giants safety Antrel Rolle said after Washington beat them in Week 1. Published December 18, 2011

Penn State President Rodney Erickson speaks at a town hall forum organized by students at the university's main campus, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Penn State's exemption in state law limits probe

Transparency has been the pledge of Penn State President Rodney Erickson in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, from a universitywide email Nov. 10 to last week's on-campus town hall meeting. Published December 6, 2011

Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) took 23 handoffs from quarterback Rex Grossman on Sunday, rushing for 108 yards against a stingy Seattle defense. His previous career high for carries was 10. (Associated Press)

FENNO: Roy Helu provides optimism amid tough season

The game felt lost, like so many others. Then, for an instant, Roy Helu seemed to float. And the Washington Redskins rookie transformed the raw afternoon where wind and miscues and seagulls swirled around CenturyLink Field and provided the team something as rare as a dry day here. Published November 27, 2011

Washington Redskins rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins had high hopes for his first NFL season after being drafted 41st overall out of Clemson in April. A torn ACL suffered during the preseason changed his focus from learning the playbook to learning rehabilitation procedures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' Jarvis Jenkins aches to return

The pop still echoes through Jarvis Jenkins' mind. Three months couldn't quiet the sound that seems as fresh as the bright scar that works its way up his right knee. Oh, Jenkins tries to forget the noise that exploded from his knee that August night in Baltimore. Published November 23, 2011

The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium remains a popular attraction on Penn State's campus. Fans expressed views in support of the college football coaching icon and in support of the victims of the child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred under Paterno's watch. (Associated Press)

Conflict across Penn State's campus

They call this isolated dip in central Pennsylvania's mountains Happy Valley, where withered fields of corn stalks inch toward Penn State's campus, cloaked in brick and the bright red and yellow leaves of autumn. Published November 13, 2011

At Penn State's stadium, profanity, scorn greet one father's protest

In the middle of Curtin Road, John Matko held one handwritten sign in his right hand and rested another against his jeans. Two inches of black tape obscured Penn State's logo on the 34-year-old father's hat, as he tried to ignore the jeers, slaps and beer hurled at him. Published November 12, 2011

For Penn State's Mike McQueary, questions and a leave

Near the center of Penn State's brick-filled campus sprawls the Lasch Football Building. A city unto itself, the complex includes three full-size football fields, a 13,000-square-foot weight room and a locker room the university describes as "massive." Into that locker room strode Mike McQueary, then a 28-year-old graduate assistant coach, on March 1, 2002, to drop off a pair of sneakers and grab recruiting tapes. Published November 11, 2011