RG III’s College Coach Says QB Rushed Back To Play Last Season

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Most observers would generally agree that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III probably rushed himself a little bit to get back for the start of the 2013 season.

Griffin may not admit it but his college coach Art Briles did, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports.

“You know, I actually watched him work out yesterday and visited with him a little bit, and I think it’s as fresh and uplifting as I’ve seen him in a long time quite honestly,” Baylor’s Art Briles told “The SiriusXM Blitz” on Wednesday. “The thing about ACLs: I’ve always thought they take a complete year to get over. And I think he rushed himself a little bit, just because that’s the way Robert is. He’s always going to be determined to do more than is humanly possible.

“So I think this year, I do think we’ll see a very healthy RGIII,” Briles said. “I think we’re gonna see a guy that’s happy playing the game, that has a fire and attitude that you need to have a chance to be successful, because that’s who he is. That’s what his makeup is. I’m telling you, yesterday he was spinning it really well, and he was throwing it to some really good wideouts, too.”

Safety Tanard Jackson Suspended Indefinitely

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Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has once again been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

The team issued a statement from an NFL spokesperson announcing the news Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson in May received reinstatement from the league after he missed the past two seasons while serving an indefinite suspension as a repeat offender, as in 2012 he failed multiple tests for marijuana use.

Jackson signed with Washington in 2012 but never played a game because of his drug suspension. He has played five NFL seasons, all with the Buccaneers. While with Tampa in 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance-abuse policy and missed all but two games that season. He also missed six games in 2011. In 2009, he was suspended for drug use and missed four games.

Jackson in May claimed to have learned his lesson and said that he knew he had likely used up all his second chances.

He claimed to have changed his lifestyle and that working in a warehouse the past two years served as plenty of motivation to stay out of trouble.

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The Top 15 Hottest Redskins Cheerleaders and Fans Of All-Time

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Roberts Says He May Have Gone Elsewhere If He Knew Redskins Would Get Jackson

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Redskins wide receiver Andre Roberts acknowledged Tuesday that he might have decided on a different destination had he known DeSean Jackson would sign in Washington three weeks after he did, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington reports.

But Roberts quickly added that he’s come to terms with the situation and plans to make the best of it.

Prior to Jackson’s arrival, Roberts had expected to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind Pierre Garçon. As it turns out, Roberts will be the No. 3 wide out, perhaps with some punt and/or kickoff return duty mixed in.

“I think so, I think it would have played a role,” Roberts said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, asked might he have decided differently had Jackson already been on the roster. “But at end of the day, we all know how the NFL works. And decisions are made that are out of your control. So when [Jackson] signed there, I just had a different out look on it. I think I’ll still be able to help the team out a lot and be a playmaker for this team.”

Despite the reduction in role, Roberts said there is one thing he’s looking forward to: getting favorable matchups as a result of sharing the field with Garçon and Jackson.

“It definitely helps matchup-wise,” the former Cardinal added. “I had the opportunity to play with Larry [Fitzgerald] and most of the time, he takes those No. 1 corners out of there and leaves you with one-on-one matchups with No. 2 or No. 3 [defensive backs]. So playing with Pierre and playing with DeSean, I’ll definitely have some nice matchups, inside and outside.”

Robert Griffin III Stays Away From Talking About ‘Redskins’ Name

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The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation recently sent letters to NFL players urging them to speak out against the Washington team name. Some have but Robert Griffin III isn’t one of them, Erik Brady of USA Today reports..

He appeared on 106.7 The Fan, a sports radio station in Washington, when he was asked whether he feels he has a chance to be the Muhammad Ali of his generation by speaking out on the issue.

“When it comes to those conversations, it’s just not the time,” Griffin said. “And I understand, trust me, I’m African American, I’ve grown up being African American my entire life and I understand oppression and all the things that come with it. But for us, like I said, as players, we have to control what we can control right now, and right now that’s the football season.”

So the week that a federal trademark board canceled his team’s federal trademark registrations on disparagement grounds isn’t the right time to have the conversation. Griffin did not say when he thinks that time will be.

DeSean Jackson Says Hamstring Injury Is Not A Big Issue

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Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson injured his left hamstring Thursday during offseason practice at Redskins Park, Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports.

Jackson, the Redskins’ top acquisition in free agency, tweaked his hamstring while running a deep route. After being overthrown by quarterback Robert Griffin III, Jackson sat out the rest of the session.

“Just a little tight,” Jackson said. “It’s all right. Not too bad. Not no big issue.”

Some Still Not In Favor Of The #RedskinsPride Campaign

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The Redskins continue to apply pressure on those opposing their nickname, this time targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with a Twitter campaign, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. But not all of the responses have favored keeping the name, with the effort also serving as a platform for many who oppose it.

It’s the latest in the battle by those invested in whether the team should keep the name. It’s also the second time in a week the Redskins have engaged Reid, a main proponent of changing it.

Last week, team president and general manager Bruce Allen sent an in-depth letter to Reid, explaining the origin of the name and the public support it enjoys. That came in response to a letter signed by Reid and nearly half of his fellow senators and urging the team to change its name. The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation sent a letter to every NFL player Wednesday asking him to support a name change.

The Redskins’ Twitter feed then asked fans to tweet their support. Shortly thereafter, #RedskinsPride was trending in the United States.

A Redskins spokesman declined to comment on the Twitter reaction. Those in Reid’s office, meanwhile, were thrilled with the results.

“From our perspective, what we saw was just overwhelming opposition” to the team name, Faiz Shakir, Reid’s digital director, said. “It’s really made our day.”