The NFL is flooded with talented wide receivers these days. On just about every roster, there's either a solid No. 1 option or a young, up-and-coming star from one of the deep receiving draft classes of recent years. But for one game, at least, they'll take a back seat.
LOUDOUN COUNTY Washington nose tackle Terrance Knighton is sidelined because of a migraine and will miss the game against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Knighton was listed as out on the injury report Saturday and didn't travel with the team. On Monday, coach Jay Gruden said Knighton missed practice "for personal reasons."
ASHBURN For the Redskins to upset Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots on Sunday, defensive coordinator Joe Barry said his players need to focus on themselves as much as their opponent. "It's about us. It's getting the call, getting lined up and going and making a play," Barry said Thursday. "That's what they rely on is you screwing up. And that's what we can't do."
The schedule maker couldn't have been less kind to the Browns. Cleveland hasn't had much go right recently, losers of five of the past six, with a banged-up quarterback Josh McCown out — Johnny Manziel will start — and two key defensive backs, Joe Haden and Donte Whitner, having been concussed. The Browns might be short-handed at wide receiver, too.
The Redskins must have their best week of preparation as they gear up for the undefeated New England Patriots, coach Jay Gruden said. Double-digit underdogs, the Redskins will face a Patriots team that has lost only four regular-season home games since 2010. Meanwhile, Washington hasn't won a road game this season.
RICHMOND As the Washington Redskins defend their federal trademark registration, they argue in court papers that the government has registered plenty of companies with offensive names. Among the names cited by the NFL team: Take Yo Panties Off and Dago Swagg clothing, Midget Man condoms and inflatable sex dolls and Baked By A Negro bakery products.
ASHBURN It wasn't just NFL owners, coaches and general managers who coveted Robert Griffin III heading into the 2012 NFL draft.
New England was pushed to the limit by the Jets. Miami has turned around its season since Dan Campbell took over for fired coach Joe Philbin. The Dolphins usually give Tom Brady fits. Throw it all away.
THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS on Tuesday morning held their final practice of the week before players scattered to their offseason homes or vacation destinations. For the rest of this week, they will savor Sunday's win over the Bucs, heal from various bumps and bruises and then begin to program their minds for a Nov. 8 meeting with the New England Patriots.
ASHBURN If Kirk Cousins throws an interception in a game, he throws a second, and the Washington Redskins lose. If Cousins plays a pick-free game, the Redskins win. It really is that simple so far this season.
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