Which Washington Commanders' news stories are hitting the headlines as an iconic figure was honored by the organization on the 16th anniversary of his passing?
Another head coach was fired to begin the week as the Carolina Panthers parted ways with Frank Reich after just 11 games. Ron Rivera remains in his role and is likely to do so until the season's end, with many anticipating Black Monday as the time Josh Harris' ownership group will bring in significant changes.
Until then, the coach will get his team ready for a tricky-looking home clash against the Miami Dolphins this weekend. Until then, the stories causing conversation include Efe Obada's determination, Emmanuel Forbes' blow, Rivera on defensive changes, and the Commanders honoring the late, great Sean Taylor.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders DL Efe Obada's determination
When Daron Payne clattered into fellow defensive lineman Efe Obada, it didn't look good. The popular figure's campaign came to an abrupt halt thanks to multiple fractures in his right leg, which required surgery and will put him on the shelf for months.
The Nigerian-born player posted an emotional social media post outlining his dismay. However, Obada seems highly determined in his pursuit to get back and continue making his presence felt in the NFL.
"My heart and leg may be broken but I am not. I am still grateful. My whole life is a testimony of God's plan, even my darkest days lead me to the miracles I have experienced today. I wouldn’t change a thing."- Efe Obada via X/Twitter
It's unlikely the Commanders will bring Obada back given Ron Rivera - the man who gave him his first NFL opportunity with the Carolina Panthers - won't be around. But nobody will wish the versatile lineman nothing but the best of luck with his recovery.