Sep 26, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Washington Football Team offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. (72) blocks Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa (57) during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Washington signs LT Charles Leno Jr. to 3-year extension

The Washington Football Team announced the signing Friday of left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to a three-year extension through the 2024 season.

Multiple outlets reported earlier this week that the deal is worth $37.5 million, a big payday for a player who came to the nation’s capital on a one-year, $5 million contract in free agency last May.

Leno, 30, has started 109 consecutive games. He has played every offensive snap in 15 of his 16 starts this season, and his 1,062 snaps are a team high heading into Sunday’s finale against the New York Giants.

“It’s been great to have a guy that lines up at left tackle and does his job and does above that,” WFT offensive coordinator Scott Turner told the team’s website. “I mean, again, he’s been really doing a nice job of moving guys into the run game.”

Leno hasn’t missed a game since his rookie season in 2014 with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the seventh round. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection played in 102 games and made 93 consecutive starts for Chicago from 2014-20 before being released on May 3, 2021.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Fans fall from the stands after a railing gives way as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) leaves the field after the Eagles' game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts pens letter requesting steps be taken following railing collapse

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was quick to assist fans who fell to the ground following a railing collapse after the Eagles’ 20-16 win over Washington Football Team Sunday at FedEx Field at Landover, Md.

Now he wants to know what happens next.

As Hurts left the field Sunday, several fans reached toward him for high fives and congratulations when the railing next to the players tunnel collapsed, causing several individuals to fall to the ground.

In the immediate aftermath, Hurts helped fans to their feet, checked on everyone’s welfare and even posed for a couple of selfies before exiting the field.

The scene seemed jovial enough, but it was a near-miss that anyone, including Hurts himself, wasn’t seriously injured, and on Tuesday, Hurts penned a letter to the NFL and Washington to call for additional steps to be taken to prevent another incident in the future.

“Through the initial shock, my first reaction was to assist those involved. However, while I displayed a calm composure, I understand the severity of what happened and am extremely concerned for the well-being of the fans and media.

“As a result, I would like to know what safeguards the NFL and Washington Football Team are implementing to prevent this from ever occurring in the future.”

Hurts and the Eagles (9-7) finish their regular season when they host the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Saturday evening. Washington (6-10) finishes on the road against the New York Giants (4-12).

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scrambles as Washington Football Team defensive end Casey Toohill (95) defends during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles rally in second half to complete sweep of Washington

Jalen Hurts led a second-half rally and Rodney McLeod made the game-clinching interception with 24 seconds left as the visiting Philadelphia Eagles came from behind for a 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon in in Landover, Md.

Hurts completed 17 of 26 passes for 214 yards as Philadelphia (9-7) kept its hold on a wild-card spot in the NFC. The Eagles can capture a playoff berth with a win Sunday at home against Dallas. Washington was eliminated from postseason contention.

Taylor Heinicke completed 27 of 36 passes for 247 yards to lead Washington (6-10). Heinicke led a drive in the closing minutes that reached the Philadelphia 30. But on a first-down play, McLeod made a diving catch in the end zone of a Heinicke pass intended for John Bates.

After trailing 16-7 at the half, Philadelphia shut Washington out the rest of the way. Midway through the fourth quarter, Avonte Maddox made a stop against Washington receiver Terry McLaurin (seven receptions, 61 yards) on third down and followed that with a pass breakup on fourth down to give Philadelphia possession at the Eagles 49.

Ten plays later, Jake Elliott’s second field goal of the game, a 41-yarder, gave the Eagles a 20-16 lead with 2:21 left.

Philadelphia drew close in the third quarter as Hurts made a scrambling completion on third-and-14, finding Greg Ward Jr. for 27 yards. Four plays later, on fourth and goal, Boston Scott vaulted over a Washington defender near the goal line pylon to make it 16-14.

Early in the fourth quarter, Elliott made a 42-yard field goal to give the Eagles the lead.

Washington got on the scoreboard first, driving 67 yards on just six plays. Heinicke’s 24-yard pass to Bates set up an 11-yard touchdown run by Jaret Patterson.

As Heinicke completed 14 of his first 15 passes, Washington controlled the ball for much of the first half and Joey Slye converted three field goals, including a 55-yarder that closed the first half with a 16-7 advantage.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (83) is injured after being tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Ricky Seals-Jones out with neck injury after collision with cameraman

Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a neck injury after a scary collision with a camera operator during the second quarter.

The incident occurred on a third-and-12 play during the game in Landover, Md.

While trying to catch a pass from Taylor Heinicke on the right side of the end zone, Seals-Jones slammed into a Fox Sports cameraman, sending both men to the ground.

After Seals-Jones was placed on a stretcher and carted to the locker room, Joey Slye kicked a 39-yard field goal to put Washington up 13-7 with 6:13 left in the half.

The Fox broadcast team said the cameraman was treated for a laceration to his nose but was able to return to work.

Seals-Jones, 26, had one catch for 8 yards before exiting. He has 30 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games this season.

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Oct 24, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Carolina Panthers punter Ryan Winslow (10) punts the ball against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Washington signing P Ryan Winslow

The Washington Football Team is signing punter Ryan Winslow, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Tress Way landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and the team did not have a punter on the practice squad.

Washington (6-9) hosts the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) on Sunday.

Winslow, 27, punted for the Carolina Panthers in Weeks 6 and 7 and for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.

He also appeared in two games for Arizona in 2019 and owns a career net average of 40.1 yards on 20 punts.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) returns an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott highlights Cowboys’ onslaught vs. Washington

Dak Prescott threw for 330 yards and four touchdown passes to lead the host Dallas Cowboys past the Washington Football Team, 56-14, Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.

Ezekiel Elliott scored two touchdowns, one on a run and the other on a reception. DeMarcus Lawrence added a deft interception and nimble 40-yard return for another score as Dallas (11-4) beat Washington (6-9) for the second time in 15 days, pushing its NFC East rival to the brink of elimination from the postseason.

After clinching the division title earlier in the day, there was no letup in the Cowboys as they scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in the first half. Those scores, combined with Lawrence’s pick-six on a pass that he tipped and hauled in at the line of scrimmage, gave Dallas a 42-7 lead at the break. The output tied a team record for the most points scored in a half.

In the third quarter, Dallas increased its lead as Corey Clement blocked a punt and Chauncey Golston gathered the ball on a waist-high bounce in the end zone. Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush added a 9-yard touchdown pass to Malik Turner.

The Cowboys finished with 497 yards, with 389 coming in the first half. Five days earlier, Washington’s defense surrendered 519 yards in a 27-17 loss at Philadelphia. On Sunday, the frustration boiled over on the Washington sideline as Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Allen threw a punch at fellow lineman Daron Payne.

Prescott completed all but one of his first 21 passes and finished 28 of 39 before retiring to the sideline in the third quarter. Amari Cooper had seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 13-yard reception with five seconds left in the first half. Dalton Schultz caught eight balls for 82 yards and a score. Even lineman Terence Steele got into the act, catching a 1-yard touchdown pass on a tackle-eligible play.

Meanwhile, Washington’s Tyler Heinicke faced a swarming Cowboys defense that sacked him four times and limited Washington to 257 yards. Heinicke completed 7 of 22 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Trevon Diggs picked off Heinicke’s first pass of the night for his league-leading 11th interception this year.

–Field Level Media

Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) catches a pass against Washington Football Team free safety Deshazor Everett (22) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Deshazor Everett involved in fatal car accident

Washington Football Team safety Deshazor Everett was the driver in a one-car accident Thursday night that killed a female passenger, according to the Loudoun County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office.

Everett’s 2010 Nissan GT-R “left the right side of the roadway, struck several trees, and rolled over” at approximately 9:15 p.m. ET, per the report from the sheriff’s office. The passenger, Olivia S. Peters of Las Vegas, was taken to StoneSprings Hospital Center in Dulles, Va., where she died of her injuries. She was 29.

Everett, 29, was admitted to Reston Hospital Center.

“We’ve been made aware of an automobile accident last night involving Deshazor Everett,” the Washington Football Team said in a statement on Friday morning. “A passenger in his vehicle lost their life and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends who lost a loved one. Deshazor is currently in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

“Our team has alerted the league office and is working with local authorities as we continue to gather more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Everett, who plays primarily on special teams, has recorded 10 tackles in 14 games this season. He has 170 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 89 career games (17 starts) over seven seasons, all with Washington.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen (8) leaves. The field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington activates QB Kyle Allen, 3 others off COVID list

The Washington Football Team activated quarterback Kyle Allen and three other players off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday morning.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller, safety Kam Curl and linebacker Milo Eifler were also activated by Washington (6-8), which visits the Dallas Cowboys (10-4) on Sunday night.

Allen appears poised to serve as the backup to Taylor Heinicke, who was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

With Heinicke and Allen sidelined, Washington turned to quarterback Garrett Gilbert to start on Tuesday in a 27-17 setback to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gilbert was signed off the New England Patriots’ practice squad last Friday.

Allen, 25, completed 4 of 9 passes for 53 yards in Washington’s 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Dec. 12.

Fuller, 26, has recorded 64 tackles, one interception and one sack in 13 games (all starts) this season.

Curl, 22, has 78 tackles and one fumble recovery in 13 games (11 starts) this season.

Eifler, 23, played on 15 special teams snaps during his NFL debut against the Cowboys on Dec. 12.

–Field Level Media

Cowboys can clinch NFC East with win over Washington

The Dallas Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a victory when they host the Washington Football Team on Sunday night.

Dallas (10-4) has a three-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) in the division race. The Cowboys are one of five NFC teams with at least 10 wins, so playoff seeding is very much part of the equation over the final three weeks of the regular season.

“I mean we all pay attention to it, but I just think it’s a waste of time just to go back and forth on it,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of analyzing different scenarios. “We’re at 10 wins, and we clearly understand what 11 wins gives us. We understand what the records are in front of us. We’ll watch it like everybody else.”

The Cowboys have won three straight games after a rough November in which they lost three of four contests.

Dallas has allowed an average of 14.3 points during the winning streak, which includes last Sunday’s 21-6 road win over the New York Giants.

The Cowboys forced four turnovers on a day in which they scored just two offensive touchdowns.

Quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown just five touchdown passes over the past five games after tossing 20 over his first eight appearances.

He indicated he isn’t concerned even though the offense isn’t clicking the way it did earlier in the season. The best example of that is a four-game stretch in which the Cowboys averaged 39 points.

“When we get back to putting up points the way we want to put them up and not just settling for field goals, (we’ll have) some large wins,” Prescott said.

“But it takes playing together, playing complementary football, rewarding those guys on defense with touchdowns when they’re getting those turnovers, and peaking at the right time is the most important.”

Dallas notched a 27-20 road win over Washington on Dec. 12.

That result was the first of two straight losses for Washington (6-8), which faces long odds of getting into the playoffs after dropping a 27-17 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night.

The Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints, all 7-7, are tied for the seventh and final NFC wild-card spot. Washington and the Atlanta Falcons are 6-8.

The game against the Eagles was pushed back two days due to a COVID-19 outbreak that hit Washington. Standout guard Brandon Scherff, starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke and backup signal caller Brandon Allen were among the players who missed the game.

Garrett Gilbert was plucked away from the practice squad of the New England Patriots last Friday and served as the starting quarterback. The 30-year-old fared well under the circumstances, completing 20 of 31 passes for 194 yards.

“Obviously, a little bit of a whirlwind. Less than ideal circumstances for all of the guys in there,” Gilbert said. “Speaking for the offense, I was very proud of the way everyone fought. We didn’t get the result we wanted, and obviously that is tough.

“Every game is important this time of year, but I was really proud of our group for fighting through everything that we faced this week and giving ourselves a chance.”

Top receiver Terry McLaurin sounded like someone who would be fine taking the field with Gilbert again if Heinicke and Allen remain unavailable.

“I have nothing but respect for Garrett,” said McLaurin, who has 63 receptions for 859 yards. “For a guy to come from another practice squad to a team where you don’t know anybody — to come here midweek and be expected to not only start at quarterback but to help us try to get into the playoffs, it’s nothing but respect for him.”

Washington leading rusher Antonio Gibson (862 yards) missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury. He had just 26 yards on 15 carries in Tuesday’s game.
Safety Landon Collins (foot) also sat out practice for Washington.

Two-time All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) sat out for the Cowboys, who have won 11 of the past 16 meetings against their longtime rivals.

–Field Level Media

Dec 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) his tackled by Washington Football Team outside linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) and defensive end Casey Toohill (95) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts, Eagles run past short-handed Washington

Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as the host Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Football Team 27-17 on Tuesday.

Hurts, who completed 20 of 26 passes for 296 yards, played for the first time in more than three weeks. He had been recuperating from a sprained ankle.

Miles Sanders gained 131 yards on 18 carries and Dallas Goedert caught seven passes for 135 yards for the Eagles (7-7), who remain in playoff contention following their second straight win.

Garrett Gilbert, signed Friday off the New England Patriots’ practice squad, started at quarterback for the Washington Football Team. It was just the second NFL start for Gilbert, who finished 20 of 31 for 194 yards.

Washington quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen stayed on the COVID list, along with numerous teammates.

Antonio Gibson and Jaret Patterson each rushed for a touchdown for Washington (6-8), which saw its playoff chances take a hit with the loss.

Washington took advantage of two first-quarter turnovers by the Eagles and went ahead 10-0. Gibson plunged in from the 1-yard line, and Brian Johnson soon added a 22-yard field goal.

Jake Elliott connected on a 20-yard field goal to close the Eagles within 10-3 midway through the second quarter.

Philadelphia tied the game at 10 when Hurts scored from the 1 with 1:29 remaining before halftime.

The Eagles drove 75 yards in six plays on the first possession of the third quarter, and Hurts’ second 1-yard rushing touchdown produced a 17-10 lead.

Washington’s depleted depth on defense was evident as the Eagles began to take control throughout the third. However, a key sack by Jonathan Allen forced the Eagles to settle for Elliott’s 37-yard field goal and a 20-10 advantage.

Washington responded with a seven-play, 69-yard drive as Patterson scored from the 1 to close within 20-17 with 11:44 to go.

The Eagles came back on their ensuing drive and moved ahead 27-17 when Hurts tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ward. The score capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive.

–Field Level Media