Commanders get a recovery day;  team looking to bring sports betting to FedEx Field

Commanders get a recovery day; team looking to bring sports betting to FedEx Field


The Commanders announced Thursday that former cornerback Mike Bass will be added to their Ring of Fame. Bass, whom Washington named one of its 70 greatest players, will be inducted Sept. 11 in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and will have his name added to the stadium bowl at FedEx Field.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Bass in 1967 and sold his contract to Detroit. Bass spent the majority of his first two seasons on the Lions practice squad, then signed with Washington as a free agent in 1969, quickly becoming one of the franchise’s top defensive backs. During his seven seasons with the team, he started 104 consecutive games, including the playoffs, and recorded 30 interceptions, the fourth most in team history.

“I am very grateful and humbled by this initiation. It is the crowning achievement of my career to date,” Bass told the Washington website. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of greatest players in Washington history. I am forever indebted to my coaches, Coach Vince Lombardi and Coach George Allen, for giving me the opportunity and preparing me to contribute to the success of my team. I was part of a great defensive backfield, including Ken Houston, Brig Owens and Pat Fischer, all of whom I greatly admire.

Bass suffered a neck injury in 1975 and aggravated it in July 1976. He announced his retirement that month after the team doctor told him he could suffer a permanent disability if he left. he continued to play.

“I reassured my neck this week and the x-rays showed a change in the vertebra,” Bass said at the time. “Under these circumstances, I did not find it necessary to take a chance.”

Bass will be honored in a ceremony in the main hall at FedEx Field and recognized at halftime.

Sports betting on FedEx Field?

The Commanders have applied for a sports betting license at FedEx Field, and the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency will hear their application on August 10.

The team applied as Maryland Stadium Sub, LLC, which was registered at FedEx Field in September 2021.

When the Virginia General Assembly approved sports betting in 2020, Commanders and FanDuel beat out other competitors to gain approval.

The new law stipulated that professional Virginia sports teams received “substantial and privileged consideration” to open a bookmaker and were allowed to partner with an operator to progress on a priority basis.

The commanders were looking for a new location for a stadium and headquarters, and the deal appeared to be an inducement from the state of Virginia. In June, however, the Virginia General Assembly tabled any legislation that would determine how much it would provide in support of a new stadium and entertainment complex. The decision to call it off was based in part on the team’s myriad off-field issues involving owner Daniel Snyder.

Despite the team’s desire to have cross-jurisdictional competition, Virginia isn’t an option until at least 2023, and DC is still arguing over the fate of the field where RFK Stadium is located. The application for a sports betting license in Maryland indicates that staying at FedEx Field is a realistic decision. Snyder fully owns Landover Stadium and its surrounding property. A commitment obliges the team to remain there until at least 2027, after which it can leave or stay.

Commanders practice was a recovery day for the players on Thursday, so instead of a padded practice, the team had an hour-long walk through their indoor facility, and the players spent time with a massage therapist. , a chiropractor and trainers.

Players and coaches also had the chance to learn from NFL official Roy Ellison and a contingent of referees.

“We’re going to have the referees in our different position groups,” coach Ron Rivera said. “We will have the referee and back judge hopefully explain what they are looking for when holding. We’ll be asking the side judges to explain to them what they’re looking for in coverage for offensive pass interference and defensive pass interference and all those little types of things. So it’s a good opportunity for us to learn from the referees.

Washington worked four defensive backs after practice Wednesday and signed De’Vante Bausby, a journeyman cornerback who has played for seven different NFL teams (including two stints each with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos ), the San Antonio Commanding Officers of the American Football Alliance and the New Jersey Generals of the American Football League.

The team also waived linebacker Drew White with an injury designation, but he cleared the waivers and converted to injured reserve. White tore his right ACL during Tuesday’s practice in what appeared to be a non-contact move.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Rivera said. “He will go through the process with the doctors and the team will take care of all his medical needs.”

Weekend in Canton for the Moulins

Defensive line coach Sam Mills III left for Canton, Ohio, after practice Thursday to attend the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Her father, Sam Mills, will be inducted posthumously on Saturday.

Mills was a 5-foot-9 linebacker who played for Montclair State as an extra and became the school’s all-time leader in tackles. He was undrafted in 1981, but after helping the Philadelphia Stars win a USFL title, Mills clung to the New Orleans Saints and became part of their famous “Dome Patrol”.

Mills played 12 NFL seasons — nine with the Saints and three with the Carolina Panthers — and had 1,265 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 11 interceptions. He earned three All-Pro selections and after retiring in 1997, he became an assistant coach for the Panthers, who retired his No. 51 jersey. In 2005, he died of breast cancer. ‘intestine.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.