Redskins notes: Team has hearing; unveils throwback uniforms

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

....General manager Bruce Allen said the Redskins presented their case for two and a half hours in front of special master Stephen Burbank Thursday, hoping to recoup money $36 million in salary cap space the NFL took away from them. Allen said he did not know when they would hear a resolution from the arbitrator.

"We wanted to present our case and we were able to present part of our case," Allen said.

As for whether or not there will be another hearing Allen said, "You hav eto check with the league or [Giants owner] John Mara."

...The Redskins had a grand opening of sorts for their new indoor practice facility -- which owner Dan Snyder jokingly said would be named after former coach Joe Gibbs, who was dead set against a bubble when he was in charge. It's a full-length field and the ceiling is 12 feet higher than the Dallas Cowboys scoreboard, Allen said.

The GM said some of his father's former players were "happy dad didn't have this facility. They would have stayed at practice until midnight. We never had lights on the field and they're thinking dad would have used this to have evening meetings."

Allen said the facility not only will help during inclement weather, but also when they play in domes (like New Orleans in the season opener). He also said this doesn't necessarily mean they won't look to relocate their facility elsewhere in the region. But he said, "We're still looking at ways to upgrade our facility. ... We have other ideas we will announce later this offseason."

...The Redskins also unveiled their throwback uniforms, which they will wear twice this season (they haven't announced which games yet). They have a Boston College/Florida State feel to them. The cool part: the helmets are made to look like leather helmet, a throwback to the Sammy Baugh era.

Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo modeled the uniforms.

"It's a great look, great feel," Orakpo said. "The feel of it, the fabric... It's going to benefit a lot of players around the board a lot. They won't be dealing with altering their stuff throughout the game, cutting this cutting that. It feels totally better."

Which could make it harder to hold, someone joked.

"Harder to hold, exactly," said Orakpo, who, you might have heard, gets held a little bit. "That's my ultimate."

 

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