WATCH: Washington Commanders Coach Ron Rivera Rants to Reporters After Win vs. Chicago Bears

WATCH: Washington Commanders Coach Ron Rivera Rants to Reporters After Win vs. Chicago Bears

OCT 14 JERRY’S RETORT Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the Washington Commanders are both responding to the charge that Washington team owner Daniel Snyder has gathered “dirt on” Jones and other prominent NFL figures. Jones said Friday about the explosive ESPN story, “I don’t have anything to add except that I don’t know where people got the resource from me.” Anything that I read was new to me. If anybody wants to put something in my car or listen on the phone, get in line.”

The Commanders reached out to CommandersCountry.com/SI with the following statement: “It’s hard to imagine a piece that is more categorically untrue, and is clearly part of a well-funded, two-year misinformation campaign to coerce the sale of the team, which will continue to be unsuccessful.”

What is the furor and the denial all about? You can read more here.

OCT 13 RON RIVERA’S RANT After an ugly win against the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera passionately backed his players to reporters following the game, defending the performance of quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw for just 99 yards.

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Another story about Rivera from Chicago.

OCT 13 BRIAN ROBINSON TO START VS. BEARS In his second NFL game and return from a gunshot wound, rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. is expected to start for the Washington Commanders against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, per NFL Network.

Robinson was given first-team work in August’s team’s second preseason match against the Kansas City Chiefs. The start tonight is consistent with what the team wanted at the beginning. Robinson will be supported by Antonio Gibson.

OCT 10 BRIAN ROBINSON GETS CELEBRITY SHOUT OUT After making his NFL debut six weeks after being shot in the knee, Washington Commanders rookie Brian Robinson Jr. inspired a lot of people, including rapper 50 Cent.

50 Cent, like Robinson, is also a gunshot survivor, so there’s a personal connection to the shout out.

Robinson ran the ball nine times for 22 yards in Sunday’s loss against the Titans.

OCT7 RULED OUT The Commanders will not have Sam Cosmi and Jahan Dotson available to play in Sunday’s Week 5 match against the Titans.

Receiver Curtis Samuel should be in the lineup, as he is ill.

Cosmi underwent surgery to repair his thumb, while rookie Dotson was dealing with a hamstring injury.

Tight-end Logan Thomas (calf), is listed as questionable.

OCT 6 WAYNE ROONEY SHOWS UP TO PRACTICE

Wayne Rooney may be taking up a new kind of football.

Rooney, who manages D.C. United, made an appearance at Washington Commanders practice Thursday and was captured in a picture from The Athletic’s Ben Standig talking with president Jason Wright and co-CEO Tanya Snyder.

D.C. United’s regular season ends this weekend against FC Cincinnati.

OCT 4 GARRETT GILBERT SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS

NFL journeyman Garrett Gilbert is on the move again, signing with the New England Patriots practice squad.

Gilbert was last seen in the NFL in last season’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the COVID-stricken Taylor Heinicke.

Gilbert joins Patriots after Mac Jones broke his ankle and Brian Hoyer sustained a head injury during Sunday’s match against the Green Bay Packers.

OCT 3. LANDON COLLINS REUNION

No. Not in Washington. Maybe in New York.

Hybrid safety Landon Collins is on Monday visiting with the Giants, where he was a three-time Pro Bowler before joining Washington in 2019. He’s now a street-free agent, Washington having moved on. He may get his old wish. Washington has moved on so he’s a street free agent now.

“When he started there, he wanted to finish there. Collins stated this a few years back. “I wanted to be one those guys who could finish his career on one team. ”

Maybe he will. Kinda.

OCT 2 ROOKIE RETURN

Commanders rookie Brian Robinson is coming back.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reports that Robinson will be activated by the NFI list this Week . This will be Robinson’s return to the running back, who was in contention for snaps with Antonio Gibson in August after Robinson sustained two gunshot wounds to his legs in an attempted robbery.

Robinson could help to boost a running game featuring Gibson, who averages just 3.1 yards per run.

SEPT 30 WES SCHWEITZER OUT VS. COWBOYS

Wes Schweitzer, who filled in for the injured Chase Roullier as the starter last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, won’t play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Schweitzer is still in concussion protocol, meaning Nick Martin is expected to be the starter on Sunday. This will mark three different starting centres for the Commanders in as many weeks.

Offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. has a shoulder injury and is also questionable. Cornelius Lucas should take the left tackle spot if he is unable to play.

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SEPT 29 COMMANDERS TO WEAR BLACK JERSEYS VS. COWBOYS

The Washington Commanders are wearing new jerseys all season long, but for the first time this season, the team will wear their black alternate jerseys in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. I think they’re sharp,” said quarterback Carson Wentz. “I think they’re sharp, and I hope we can execute well in them. I
I think the guys will be thrilled for it. The Commanders and Cowboys will kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

SEPT 24 COMMANDERS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

The Commanders have elevated defensive end William Bradley-King and defensive tackle Benning Potoa’e from the practice squad to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Additionally, Washington updated its injury report and designed cornerback William Jackson III as questionable due to a back injury

SEPT 21 ANOTHER NEW NAME OrthoVirginia is the new naming-rights sponsor for the Commanders’ Ashburn, Va. training complex, the announcement about the partnership centering on the 162-acre facility being made Wednesday by coach Ron Rivera. The deal will include practice-jersey branding. This is part of the overall rebranding efforts by the newly-renamed Washington NFL team.

SEPT 21 JETER BROUGHT BACK The Washington Commanders re-signed defensive tackle Donovan Jeter to the practice squad, just days after cutting him in favor of rookie John Ridgeway, who the team claimed off waivers.

Jeter played 18 defensive snaps in the team’s loss against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. In a similar move, the team put offensive lineman Nolan Laufenberg (IR) on the practice squad’s injured reserve.

SEPT 19 DC CLAIMS COWBOY The Dallas Cowboys spent the weekend in a md scramble to keep injured players (like Dak Prescott) on the 53-man roster, meaning they had to waive fifth-round rookie defensive tackle John Ridgeway (6-5, 322), with the plan that he might slip through waivers and be re-signed to the Dallas practice squad.

Unfortunately for Dallas – but maybe fortunately for Washington and for the colorful Arkansas product who upon his arrival at The Star announced that he wanted to “break necks”’ (read more here)’– the D-line-needy Commanders put in a claim and so the self-named “Vanilla Gorilla” is making his move from one NFC East foe to another.

SEPT 16 TERRY MCLAURIN HONORED Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is the NFLPA Community MVP for Week 2 after the launch of his new foundation, The Terry McLaurin Foundation.

McLaurin celebrated the occasion by delivering gifts for children from Big Brothers Big Sisters National Capital Area and CASA of DC.

SEPT 15 JOE PATTON PASSES AWAY AT 50 Former Washington offensive lineman Joe Patton passed away Thursday. Tre Johnson, his former teammate, broke the news on Instagram.

Patton, a 1994 third-round pick from Alabama A&M, played in 61 games for Washington from 1994-98 and started 54 games across the offensive line. No details or information regarding a celebration of his life or the circumstances surrounding his death have been provided.

SEPT 14 NFL REVEALS UPDATE ON SNYDER INVESTIGATION NFL executive Jeff Miller answered questions on a conference call Wednesday morning to the media, which included an update regarding Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.

According to NFL.com, attorney Mary Jo White continues to investigate the toxic workplace allegations regarding Snyder, including the latest testimonies with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. There is no timetable for the investigation to end.

SEPT 13 WASHINGTON COMMANDERS ADD DT BENNING POTOA’E Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Benning Potoa’e joins the practice squad while safety Farrod Gardner was released in a corresponding move. This adds two defensive linemen to Washington’s roster after rookie Phidarian Mathis was put on injured reserve. Donovan Jeter, a Michigan rookie, joined the team on Monday.

SEPT 12 RYAN ANDERSON SIGNS WITH STEELERS Former Washington linebacker Ryan Anderson is signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad Tuesday.

Anderson, 28, was a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and spent four seasons in Washington. Anderson’s signing comes just days after T.J. Watt injured his pectoral muscle during the Steelers’ win over Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.

SEPT8 DESHAZOR Everett SENTENCED For his role as a former Washington defensive back, Deshazor Everett was sentenced for three months in house arrest following a car accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend Olivia Peters.

Everett, 30, was placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) List after the crash and was cut by the team in March.

He appeared for 89 games with Washington since 2015.

SEPT5 COMMANDERS CUT FORMER RAFT PICK The Washington Commanders reached an injury settlement, releasing him from the injured reserve.

Ismael, a 2020 fifth-round pick, was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury earlier in camp. He played in 10 games last season for the Commanders, starting five games at the end of the season for an injured Chase Roullier. With Ismael as a free agent, and Tyler Larsen on The Physically Unable To Perform (PUP List), the Commanders only have Jon Toth as a backup center. He is a practice squad signee.

SEPT 2 SEAN TAYLOR’S LITTLE BROTHER and SI As written via our SI daily cover story …

“Almost 15 years have passed since Sean Taylor was killed by a burglar at age 24, on Nov. 27, 2007, in the middle of his fourth NFL season with Washington. Since then, his little brother has not shied away from the shadow Sean left behind. Gabriel was a member of a Miami-area youth football club that honored Sean by inscribing his name on every jersey. He played on Sean Taylor Memorial Field in high school at Gulliver Prep. And today, as a third-year sophomore at Rice, he proudly wears Sean’s college number, 26, while manning the same safety position. ”

A terrific profile about the legacy of the Washington legend – starring Gabriel Taylor, who “when he was 9 years old (was) just walking around the house, acting like him. You can read more about how to get into that mindset, where he did his thing.


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