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Report: Redskins Captain Slams Both Team and Fans in Leaked Message

A report out Wednesday says one of the Redskins captains allegedly cursed out the team and the fan base, and the coach shrugged it off because the comments were made in a private message he believes shouldn’t have been leaked, Zach Braziller of the New York Post reports.

The Redskins, at 6-7, are still in the playoff race, but losing out seems more likely at this point.

In private messages on Instagram that were leaked, linebacker Mason Foster went off on the franchise and its fans, saying he won’t be blamed for the team’s big-money players who aren’t producing, but coach Jay Gruden had no problem with it.

“I really don’t even care,” Gruden said Wednesday. “It’s a private message. I know Mason and how hard he’s worked and how hard he plays. I know he wouldn’t say anything publicly to do that. That was a private deal. He could’ve been messing around. I don’t know the intent of that message, I don’t really care.”

“I do, however, disagree with that guy posting a private message out on social media. He broke a code there that I don’t agree with. As far as Mason, I have nothing but respect for him as a person and a player.”

Foster wasn’t made available for comment, but the leaked messages appeared to say a lot.

“F–k this team and this fan base…” he wrote, adding six crying-laughing emojis. “Yeah and I’m not f—-n wit it or being a scape goat to make fans feel better about all these big money ppl who ain’t playin or getting dogged out.”

In a later text, he wrote: “Yeah I’ll try my chances and go to a winning team next year…love the redskins but this ain’t it for the African #LOVE.”

Redskins Had Chats About QB Colin Kaepernick; Not Likely to Sign Him

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says the team “talked about and discussed” bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout “but we will probably go in a different direction,” the Associated Press reports.

Gruden told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that would there have been “a greater possibility” of considering Kaepernick if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season now.

Washington lost Colt McCoy to a broken right leg in a 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night that dropped the Redskins’ record to 6-6. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg last month.

Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice.

He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.

Report: Redskins QB Colt McCoy Fractures Fibula; Sanchez in at QB

The QB situation has gone from bad to worse for the Redskins, as Colt McCoy went to the locker room after suffering a lower leg injury in the second quarter against the Eagles Monday night.

The quarterback was ruled out by the team before the second half began. Mark Sanchez is replacing McCoy under center. Sanchez has not played in a regular-season game since January 2017.

McCoy was a perfect 4 for 4 with 50 passing yards on two drives at the time of his departure.

Lisa Salters from ESPN is reporting that McCoy has a fractured right fibula, which would end his 2018 season.

Redskins to Get Running Back Chris Thompson Back for Monday’s Game

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Thursday that he expects running back Chris Thompson to be “fine” for Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles according to John Keim of ESPN.

Thompson has been sidelined since Week 8 with a painful rib injury but resumed practicing earlier this week. “When you watch him run there is no issue,” said Gruden. “I think he’ll be fine.” Assuming he returns from a four-game absence, Thompson will function as a passing-down complement to early-down hammer Adrian Peterson.

Thompson is one of the premier pass-catching backs in the entire NFL when healthy-which he rarely is-and the Redskins desperately need him on the field as they try to remain afloat in the NFC East.

The Washington Post confirms that Thompson will be a go for Monday night’s game.

Thompson was a full participant in practice Friday after missing the last four games due to fractured ribs. The offense, which ranks 27th in the league in points per game and total yards per game, is in dire need of healthy playmakers.

Redskins Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams Says Decision Makers Were United in Bringing in Reuben Foster

Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said the franchise’s key decision makers were united in their decision to claim troubled linebacker Reuben Foster on Tuesday, just two days after Foster was released by the 49ers following a weekend arrest on a domestic violence charge, Scott Allen of the Washington Post reports.

Williams, speaking publicly for the first time about Washington’s decision, said he and the Redskins expected the widespread criticism after they were the only team to put in a claim on Foster, who has been arrested three times this year and was suspended for the first two games of this season under the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The NFL placed Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list Tuesday, meaning he won’t be eligible to play until the league makes a final disciplinary decision in his case.

“We knew there was going to be some backlash, and we understand that, and rightfully so,” Williams told Doc Walker during his weekly appearance on The Team 980. “I’ve got six daughters, so it ain’t something I would condone, but at the same time I think we are in the business of at least looking into [his case]. I could sit here, and I won’t, name a bunch of teams that took on players that got a lot of baggage that nobody’s saying anything about. You can’t get into nitpicking what they do and what you do. You gotta look at it from your standpoint. There was a lot of thought that went into it. It wasn’t just a spur of the moment type of thing. We all gathered, we talked about it, we knew there was going to be some risk-reward involved in it.”

Walker asked Williams about a Washington Post report, citing an NFL official with knowledge of the situation, that the Redskins front office’s decision to claim Foster was not unanimous.

“When I read that, I was trying to find out who wasn’t united,” Williams said. “ .?.?. This is all the people from the head coach, and myself and [Redskins team president Bruce Allen], and of course the owner, who owns this football team, has to know what we’re talking about. I don’t know who wasn’t on board. I don’t know where the source comes from. In every organization and every business, everything else, I’m sure they got some leakers who might say something and people take it and run with it .?.?. Nobody that was in my room was thumbs down.”

Redskins Claim Troubled Former 49ers Linebacker Reuben Foster Off Waivers

In a surprising move, former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on Tuesday days after he was cut by San Francisco following a weekend arrest in Tampa, Florida, on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence battery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

A police report obtained by NFL.com from the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff’s office Sunday morning stated Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. ET on a first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the Niners were staying before their game against the Buccaneers.

A judge granted Foster $2,000 bail during an initial court hearing Sunday morning and he was released from jail. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with his accuser.

The alleged victim told police that during a verbal altercation with Foster, he slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face. Officers observed a one-inch scratch on her left collarbone, according to police.

During their initial investigation of the incident, officers learned Foster and the victim lived together in the past and they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years. Police confirmed the victim is the same one who accused Foster previously of domestic violence against her in February before recanting.

Redskins Left Tackle Trent Williams Heads to Hospital After Loss to Cowboys

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams left AT&T Stadium in an ambulance after the Redskins‘ 31-23 loss to the Cowboys Thursday night, Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times reports.

Williams briefly left the game early in the third quarter but soon returned. He also missed the previous three games after needing surgery on his thumb.

Williams walked into the ambulance on his own and reportedly told a teammate he was OK.

A Redskins spokesperson confirmed that Williams left via ambulance but did not provide further information.

Report: Redskins to Ink Veteran QB Mark Sanchez

Following Sunday’s awful injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, the team moved quickly to bring in veteran QB’s to workout, and a report says the team is going to ink former Jets, Eagles and Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez played last for Dallas back in 2016, and appeared in three games. He played for two seasons with the Eagles before that, and of course is best known for his time with the Jets, where he was a first-round pick back in 2009.