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Two weeks before the Redskins headed to Richmond, Va., for training camp, tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen spent time with the members of the Loudoun County chapter of Special Olympics Virginia at Redskins Park to kick off their flag football season.
They threw passes, helped participants through drills and gave them a little motivation.
Tuesday, the same participants sent the latter in a video message to the tight ends, who suffered season-ending injuries – Paulsen hurt his toe during camp, Paul twisted and dislocated his ankle during a preseason game against the Browns – to encourage them and wish them a speedy recovery.
"These kids don't care who you are," Paul said at the event. "They don't care if you're Robert Griffin or the 53rd man on the roster, just as long as you're out here with them to play football. That's all we care about. To see the joy it brings them is crazy…Now they get to say they had pros teach them how to play football."
Now Paul and Paulsen get to say those kids helped them a little, too.