Redskins injuries are 'no longer a freak thing'

Brian Tinsman
January 03, 2019 - 11:34 pm

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For the second season in a row, the Redskins were among the most injured teams in the NFL, with 24 players ending the season on injured reserve.

Grant and Danny discussed the situation on 106.7 The Fan on Thursday, with Paulsen coming to the defense of Redskins head team trainer Larry Hess, who has been on the job for 17 seasons.

Grant: "As it pertains to help moving forward, they have to figure out why and how they continue to have these issues."

Danny: "It's no longer a freak thing. Right? It can't be."

Grant: "Some of it is. Alex Smith broke his leg. That's got nothing to do with the training staff. I happen to think highly of Larry Hess. I know the guy very well. Personally, I am friendly with him. Y'know what I like about him a lot? He's very friendly and in-person is very friendly human being. But you just know that, like many of the people in that building, he's a team guy and he's never going to help you.

"As a reporter, never once did he ever help me with a damn thing. But I liked him, and the reason why I liked him is because he was a good human being. He was just a cool guy. Never once was I going to say, 'Hey, what's up with this guy, is he going to play or not?' I wouldn't even ask him because he is a team guy, and I think that's why they like him.

"But he's been there for 17 years at this point, as the head athletic trainer."

Paulsen argued that it's great that the team's brass likes Hess, but he needs better support.

Grant: "You go to him--you trust him, obviously--and you say, 'What is not working with your staff? Who on your staff do you like? Who on your staff don't you like? What on your staff do we need to improve? What can we do to help you? What can we do in terms of the equipment that we're using or the money we're investing? Or the facilities that we're using?'"

Danny: "Comprehensive data overhaul."

Grant: "Absolutely. We need to help you keep our guys on the field. It's not his fault that guys get hurt all the time. Some of that is bad luck. But at some point, a couple straight years of disaster, you've just got to throw your hands up say, 'Alright, what can we spend more money on? How can we invest in keeping players on the field?'"

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