Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Corey Masisak of the Washington Times has a story on how starting safety Reed Doughty has dealt with hearing loss since he was a child. He can't hear the defensive backs changing calls, so he has to rely on hand signals.
"Toward the end of the year last year, they were playing as well as any safety tandem in the league," safeties coach Steve Jackson said of LaRon Landry and Doughty. "The fortunate part is in the meeting room they are used to communicating with each other, so it's not like they don't see each other or talk to each other or communicate. ... One guy likes to talk and the other guy likes to listen. Fortunately, the one guy who likes to listen (Landry) is the one with the best hearing."
Our hearts go out to the Redskins, who are mourning the loss of another loved one today. Longtime offensive line coach Joe Bugel and his wife Brenda lost their 36-year-old daughter Holly to bone cancer Thursday. This is an organization that has literally spent the past year grieving. Former head coach Joe Gibbs immediately reached out to Bugel:
"Everybody is so close," Gibbs said. "At this time of the year, Coach Bugel is probably spending more time with the football team than he does with his own family, and so it's like family, you have two families . . . . The thing that you have there is that you get real comfort from all that are around you who care about you."
Breaking news: Veteran punter Derrick Frost could send rookie Durant Brooks packing with a strong performance Saturday.
The Redskins are experiencing a linebacker shortage.
Mike Wise of the Post has a column on the losses of Holly Bugel and Gene Upshaw.