Commanders News: Sam Howell, Ron Rivera, RFK Stadium boost and injury concerns

Looking closer at the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as Week 3 officially gets underway on Thursday Night Football tonight?

With their dramatic comeback victory at the Denver Broncos firmly in the rearview mirror, the Washington Commanders returned to practice in readiness for their next challenge. And make no mistake, this will be a tremendous measuring stick against the Buffalo Bills, who are stacked with talent across the ard and come into the game as heavy favorites.

It'll be another fascinating encounter in front of a sold-out audience at FedEx Field. Until then, the stories causing conversation include some injury concerns rearing their head following Wednesday's practice, Ron Rivera on meeting a familiar face, Sam Howell receiving praise from a respected analyst, and a potentially exciting development regarding the Commanders' return to the RFK Stadium site.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders first injury report of Week 3

It doesn't matter what stage of the season you're in, there are always some injury concerns to deal with. That's all part of the NFL's brutal nature and something the Washington Commanders must also cope with as the campaign goes on.

There were a couple of noticeable absences from Wednesday's practice. Logan Thomas was unable to participate thanks to being in the NFL's concussion protocol after the hit sustained by the tight end following his fourth-down touchdown grab. Stud defensive tackle Daron Payne also missed out with an ankle issue, but Quan Martin (concussion) was able to do some light work as the rookie defensive back nears a return.

Here's the full injury report from Wednesday:

  • TE Logan Thomas: DNP (concussion)
  • DT Daron Payne: DNP (ankle)
  • DB Quan Martin: Limited (concussion)
  • C Nick Gates: Full (knee)
  • RB Brian Robinson Jr.: Full (hip)
  • WR Curtis Samuel: Full (hip)