Washington has some new Commanders in town.
The NFL team announced its new name on Wednesday, 18 months after fresh pressure from sponsors helped persuade the once-storied franchise to drop its old moniker following decades of criticism that it was offensive to Native Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Oversight Committee will hold a roundtable discussion next week with former Washington Football Team employees about workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.
The NFL filed a motion asking a Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden's lawsuit against the league, saying the accusations that the the NFL leaked Gruden's old, offensive emails are “baseless” and “should be dismissed for failure to state a single viable cause of action.”
A year after looking like Washington's rebuild was on the fast track, the team is on the outside of the playoffs looking in for a fifth time in six seasons.
At 7-10 after a four-game skid followed a four-game winning streak, coach Ron Rivera's group is closer to where he thought it would be after two seasons on the job.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a final month marred by COVID-19 issues, a fight on the field, a tragic automobile accident involving a passenger in a car driven by a fellow player and a losing streak, the Washington Football Team had something to feel good about after its last game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ron Rivera and Joe Judge exceeded expectations last season in their first year running their new clubs.
Rivera got Washington to the playoffs for the first time in five years, overcoming injuries and a pandemic to win the NFC East with a 7-9 record.
WASHINGTON (6-10) at NEW YORK GIANTS (4-12)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Washington by 7, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts is asking the Washington Football Team to take action after narrowly escaping harm when fans fell onto the field because a railing in the corner of FedEx Field gave way as the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback was walking into the tunnel after Sunday’s game.
Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be the Wolves or RedWolves.
Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentinels, Defenders, Red Hogs, Presidents and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were among the other finalists.
Taylor Heinicke is expected to get a 15th consecutive start at quarterback for Washington in the team's season finale at the New York Giants.
A week after broaching the possibility of playing Kyle Allen some in the final two games, coach Ron Rivera said Monday, “We’ll start off with Taylor and then we’ll go from there." Heinicke took every snap of Washington’s 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and threw an interception in the end zone in the final minute.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Jalen Hurts scrambled out of trouble to avoid a handful of sacks and ran the ball when needed with Miles Sanders out.
He even needed to make an evasive maneuver after Philadelphia’s game at Washington was over.
Taylor Heinicke showed his Houdini-like escape skills early in Washington's Week 17 game against Philadelphia.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Jalen Hurts insists his sore left ankle feels good enough to get the Philadelphia Eagles two wins.
One on Sunday at Washington and some help around the NFL would get Philadelphia into the playoffs.
PHILADELPHIA (8-7) at WASHINGTON (6-9)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
BETTING LINE: Eagles by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Ron Rivera insisted Monday afternoon he had not seen video of the sideline fight between Washington defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and felt no need to seek it out.
“From what the players have said, they’re good with it,” Rivera said.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Taylor Heinicke threw an interception when trying to go deep on Washington’s first offensive play, and things only got worse from there for the team that is just barely still in playoff contention after its most-lopsided loss since 2007.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys didn’t have to worry about the NFC East title anymore once they kicked off against Washington.
So they took care of the star quarterback’s slump instead.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Washington rookie linebacker Jamin Davis is inactive against the Dallas Cowboys after reporting to team doctors with possible COVID-19 symptoms before the game.
The club said there wasn't enough time to process a COVID-19 test for Davis before the 90-minute deadline prior to games for reporting inactive players.
DULLES, Va. (AP) — A passenger in a car driven by Washington Football Team safety Deshazor Everett was killed when the vehicle slammed into several trees and rolled over, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (6-8) at DALLAS (10-4)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
BETTING LINE: Cowboys by 10½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The last time the Dallas Cowboys played in prime time on a Sunday, they had to figure out how to win without Dak Prescott.
Now they need to figure out how to get their star quarterback back to what he was before the calf injury that kept him out of that victory over Minnesota.
Ron Rivera said Wednesday that a quarterback is among the Washington players trending toward being cleared from COVID-19 protocol in time to play this weekend at the Dallas Cowboys.
That means the team could have Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen available for what’s essentially a must-win game Sunday on a short week.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Playing with a quarterback who signed four days earlier and missing a handful of starters because of a coronavirus outbreak, Washington could not keep up with the well-rested Philadelphia Eagles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Sirianni yelled at Jalen Hurts on the sideline for being careless with the ball and losing a fumble. Then the Philadelphia Eagles coach saw his starting quarterback hold on tight to carry the team on his shoulders.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Garrett Gilbert is set to start at quarterback for Washington at Philadelphia in a key game Tuesday night that has NFC wild-card implications.
Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen were not able to get out of NFL COVID-19 protocol in time to play against the Eagles.
Jalen Hurts or Gardner Minshew? At least Washington has narrowed Philadelphia’s starting quarterback to two players. The Eagles won’t know who they’re facing at several positions, including QB.
By the end of the week, Washington's COVID-19 outbreak grew to 23 players and led to the game being pushed back to Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (6-7) at PHILADELPHIA (6-7)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Eagles by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress who already asked the NFL for transparency about a probe into sexual harassment and other improper conduct at the Washington Football Team are now asking the league to provide evidence of club owner Daniel Snyder’s interference with the investigation.
Ron Rivera has wondered when a run of injuries and other absences would catch up to Washington.
He got his answer in a 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
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Josh Allen has almost single-handedly carried Buffalo to overtime against Tampa Bay.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke had just been strip-sacked by Micah Parsons and stayed on the turf for an extra moment, kneeling and bowing his head, as Dorance Armstrong returned the fumble 37 yards for a touchdown.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Beating Washington looked far from a guarantee for the Dallas Cowboys after their big lead shrunk, but coach Mike McCarthy is plenty confident winning a close game is good for his team.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera are big fans of the NFL schedule-makers this season.
McCarthy's Dallas Cowboys have a shot at the top seed in the NFC with four of five games left against East Division opponents.
DALLAS (8-4) at WASHINGTON (6-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Cowboys by 4, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Sports betting began in Maryland on Thursday after multiple delays as Gov. Larry Hogan put money on an all-Maryland Super Bowl between the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Ravens.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington put Montez Sweat on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list Wednesday after the third-year pass rusher tested positive for the coronavirus.
He was expected to return to practice this week and play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after missing the past four games with a broken jaw.
When the NFL schedule came out in May, Ron Rivera loved that Washington finished the season with five games against NFC East competition.
He told players it was an opportunity if they could still be in the playoff race by this stretch.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brian Johnson made quite the first impression on his new Washington teammates.
Johnson kicked the go-ahead 48-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining five days after joining the team and Washington beat the Las Vegas Raiders 17-15 on Sunday for its fifth straight win.
WASHINGTON (5-6) at LAS VEGAS (6-5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Raiders by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Jack Del Rio never made it to Las Vegas with the Raiders, so his first game there will be as an opponent instead of head coach of the team he cheered for as a kid.
Despite being the most successful Raiders coach in nearly two decades, Del Rio was fired by owner Mark Davis in 2017 about nine months after the team's planned move from Oakland was approved by the NFL.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — DeSean Jackson has tormented NFC East teams for years, having played 11 of the first 13 years of his career for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington.
Advantage, Las Vegas.
The 35-year-old wideout, who celebrated a birthday Wednesday, ignited the Raiders' offense on Thanksgiving in a 36-33 win over the Dallas Cowboys to help Las Vegas snap a three-game losing streak.
After four consecutive losses going into the bye week, Ron Rivera recalculated how Washington could win games.
The recipe involved running the ball, controlling the clock and shortening games.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Ron Rivera was left adrift without a kicker and felt like he had to go for it in every situation.
The final roll of the dice by “Riverboat Ron” on fourth and goal opened the door for some heroics by Russell Wilson, but Kendall Fuller's interception on Seattle's 2-point conversion attempt allowed Washington to hold on and beat the Seahawks 17-15 Monday night for the team's third consecutive victory.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tight end Logan Thomas and wide receiver Curtis Samuel were in uniform for Washington on Monday night against the banged-up Seattle Seahawks, who are down to two healthy running backs and are playing without their starting left guard.
Curtis Samuel did not know much about groin injuries until this year, when the shifty receiver figured out it’s just about the worst thing that could throw him off his game.
Samuel is expected to return for Washington on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks after his lingering groin injury caused him to miss the vast majority of the season.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke saw what Russell Wilson was doing in college and the NFL and wanted to emulate him as a mobile quarterback.
SEATTLE (3-7) at WASHINGTON (4-6)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN
BETTING LINE: Washington by 1, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Terry McLaurin has already been Washington's best skill position player for his three seasons in the NFL.
McLaurin has shown in back-to-back victories that he's still getting better. Making five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in a win at the Carolina Panthers was more evidence of McLaurin's continued improvement and the impact he can make on a game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke was by far the lesser-known of the two quarterbacks making their return to Charlotte on Sunday.
But it was Heinicke who upstaged Cam Newton by throwing for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defense, helping Washington spoil the 2015 MVP's return to Bank of America Stadium with a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.