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Commander gets recovery day. Teams looking to bring sports betting to FedEx Field

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The Commanders announced Thursday that former cornerback Mike Bass will join the Ring of Fame. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 11 and his name will be added to the stadium bowl at FedEx Field.

The Green Bay Packers drafted a base in 1967 and sold his contract to Detroit.Bus spent most of his first two seasons with the Lions practice team before signing with Washington as a free agent in 1969. He quickly became one of the top defensive backs in the franchise. In his seven seasons with the team, he started 104 straight games, including the playoffs, and had the fourth-highest 30 interceptions in team history.

“I am extremely grateful and humbled to be inducted into this Hall of Fame. It is the greatest moment of my career to date,” Bass told the Washington website. It is such an honor to be recognized as one of the players.To my coaches, Vince Lombardi and George Allen, give me a chance and prepare me to contribute to the team’s success. I am forever grateful that I was part of a great defensive backfield that included Ken Houston, Brigg Owens and Pat Fisher.

Bass suffered a neck injury in 1975 that worsened in July 1976. He announced his retirement that month after team doctors told him he could be permanently disabled if he continued to play.

“I had my neck reinsured this week, and the X-ray showed changes in my vertebrae,” Bass said at the time. ”

Buses will be honored at a ceremony on the main concourse of FedEx Field and will be honored at halftime.

Sports betting with FedEx Field?

Commander applied for a sportsbook license at FedEx Field. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Authority plans to hear their request on August 10th.

The team applied last September under the Maryland Stadium Sub LLC registered at the FedEx Field address.

When the Virginia Legislature approves sports betting in 2020, Commander and FanDuel beat out other competitors to gain approval.

A new law provided that Virginia’s professional sports teams were given “substantial and preferential consideration” to open sportsbooks, allowing them to partner with operators to increase their priority.

The commander was looking for a new location for his stadium and headquarters, and the deal seemed like an invitation from Virginia. But in June, the Virginia legislature introduced a bill that would determine how much money it would provide to support new stadiums and entertainment venues. The decision to do away with it was based in part on the team’s myriad off-field issues involving owner Daniel Snyder.

Despite the teams’ desire to increase competition between jurisdictions, Virginia won’t be an option until at least 2023, and D.C. is still battling over the fate of the land on which RFK Stadium sits. The state’s application for a sportsbook license shows that staying with FedEx Field is a viable move. Snyder wholly owns the stadium and surrounding land in Landover, Maryland. Covenants demand that the team stay there until at least 2027, after which it can either leave or stay.

Thursday’s Commanders’ practice was a recovery day for the players, so instead of padded training, the team did a one-hour walkthrough in an indoor facility, where players spent time with massage therapists, chiropractors, and trainers. spent.

Players and coaches also took the opportunity to learn from the NFL’s official Roy Ellison and referee contingent.

“We plan to have referees in different standing groups,” said coach Ron Rivera. “Have umpires and back judges explain what they are looking for in holdings. Explain to side judges what they are looking for in any kind of coverage, such as offensive pass obstruction or defensive pass obstruction. So it’s a good opportunity to learn from the referee.”

Washington trained four defensive backs after Wednesday’s practice, with De’Vante Bausby, a journeyman cornerback who has players on seven different NFL teams (including two stints each with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos). made a contract with American football and the New Jersey Generals of the American Football League.

The team also waived linebacker Drew White with injury designation. White tore his ACL in a seemingly noncontact move at practice Tuesday. White will be transferred to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon after clearing waivers.

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

A weekend in Mills’ Canton

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

Mills was a 5-foot-9 linebacker who played as a walk-on at Montclair State University and became the school’s all-time leader in tackles. He was undrafted in his 1981 season, but after helping the Philadelphia Stars win his USFL title, Mills moved to New Orleans. became part of his patrol.

Mills played 12 seasons in the NFL (nine with the Saints and three with the Carolina Panthers), recording 1,265 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 11 interceptions. He earned his three All-Pro selections and, after retiring in 1997, continued coaching as an assistant to the retired Panthers with the number 51 jersey. In 2005, he died of bowel cancer.