Rivera misses Washington practice to begin cancer treatments
As planned, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice ahead of Washington's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Ron Rivera missed Washington's first game week practice to begin treatment for a form of skin cancer, so Jack Del Rio stepped in as planned. Del Rio didn't have an update on how Rivera was feeling, but expects him back at the team's practice facility Wednesday. I really dont hear Coach (Rivera) when he's here doing, cornerback Ronald Darby said. But to be honest, it did feel a little weird because whats going on and what he's going through, but we've got to keep pushing.
Former Redskins player and Roanoke native weighs in on name change
ROANOKE, Va – As the Washington Football franchise works to come up with a new name, some former players are not happy to see the Redskins go. That includes a Roanoke player who used to play for the Redskins. “I think for a very long time the Redskins have been Roanoke’s team, " said Greg Caldwell, former punter for the Washington Redskins. Caldwell, a Roanoke native, got the chance to sign as a free agent with the Redskins after playing football at James Madison University. Robin Bennett grew up playing football with Caldwell and now owns Sports Haven in Roanoke.