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Washington Football Team pass-rusher Montez Sweat was missing from Wednesday’s practice, as he is mourning the death of a loved one. According to WTVR CBS 6, Sweat’s brother, Anthony R. Sweat, was killed in a shooting on Tuesday in Henrico County, Virginia. Anthony was 27. According to WTVR, the shooting occurred just after 4 p.m. ET, and Anthony was the lone victim.
“It is rough, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday, via Richmond.com. “We try to make sure that players understand that we’re here for them. We do have a team psychologist and she’s available, as well as myself (and the other coaches). … We’re there for them.”
Sweat was selected by Washington with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. He stepped in as an immediate starter, and recorded seven sacks as a rookie and nine sacks in 2020. This season in 10 games played, Sweat has recorded 24 combined tackles, five sacks and a career-high three forced fumbles.
This tragedy comes less than a week after Washington safety Deshazor Everett was hospitalized after a car accident which killed his passenger. Washington, now 6-9, has lost three straight games and is on the verge of officially being eliminated from playoff contention.
“It’s tough,” Rivera told reporters about the past few weeks, via ESPN’s John Keim. “I promise you it’s not just us; there are 31 other teams and you think about all the other sports and every day life. We’re a snapshot of it. I promise you in the real world they’re tired and fatigue has set in…”