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Running back J.D. McKissic during Washington Football Team practice.
Running back J.D. McKissic during Washington Football Team practice.

A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Football Team on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Football Team.

The Washington Football team held practice at the Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia, on Dec. 11, 2020. (Photos courtesy of Elijah Walter Griffin Sr./Washington Football Team and Emilee Fails/Washington Football Team)

-- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about how Washington will not allow fans at home games for rest of 2020.

-- The Washington Post's Les Carpenter writes about the progress Washington has made under Ron Rivera.

-- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about Ron Rivera teaching his players a valuable lesson before Thursday's practice.

-- The Washington Post's Thomas Boswell writes that Ron Rivera and Alex Smith never quit. Now their team won’t, either.

-- ESPN's John Keim also reports on Antonio Gibson being ruled out for the 49ers game.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes about how Washington plans to avoid a post-Steelers hangover.

-- NBC Sports Washington's staff reports on Brian Baldinger's scouting report on Kamren Curl.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Mike Deprisco writes that Mike Shanahan sees Alex Smith as his favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey gives his take on if Washington is on the verge of another playoff run.

-- The Athletic's Ben Standig, Mark Bullock and Zac Boyer look at what Washington should do with Brandon Scherff. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker also delves into the story behind James Smith-Williams' cause for My Cause, My Cleats. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker writes about Washington staying in the NFC East race with historic win over the Steelers. (Subscription)

-- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras reports on Jonathan Allen being nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

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