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  • 14 May 2019
    SAINT-DENIS, France -- France defender Samuel Umtiti looks set to spend Sunday night trying to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring for Portugal in the European Championship final.Two months ago, it seemed highly unlikely Umtiti would even be at the tournament.But the 22-year-old center half is now tipped to start after an impressive performance in the 2-0 win against Germany in the semifinals.He has the mental strength and character to play at the highest level, said France coach Didier Deschamps.He did not previously seem so sure.When Deschamps named his 23-man squad on May 12 -- before UEFAs May 31 deadline -- Umtiti was only among the eight reserves.Two weeks later, Real Madrid center half Raphael Varane pulled out with a thigh injury.It seemed logical that Umtiti would be called up. But instead Deschamps chose Adil Rami, even though Rami was not on the reserve list.But as Frances defensive woes worsened, with Jeremy Mathieu being ruled out with a calf injury, Umtiti finally got called up on May 28.Just in time.Ironically, Umtiti took Ramis place in the lineup, making his international debut against Iceland in the quarterfinals. Having previously overlooked him, Deschamps is now a big fan.He knows that I believe in him, despite his young age, Deschamps said Saturday at a pre-match news conference. Some people arent even mature at 30 while some are at (22) -- which is his case.It has been a hectic few weeks for Umtiti, who is joining Barcelona from Lyon for a reported fee of ?25 million ($27.6 million).His upsurge in form is surprising given how poorly he played during last seasons Champions League, where Lyon finished bottom of its group. But Umtiti finished the season strongly, as Lyon hit form to finish second in the French league behind Paris Saint-Germain.Born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, he rose through Lyons widely-admired youth academy before making his debut in the 2011-12 season.Against Germany, Umtiti made two crucial interventions.The first came in the 32nd minute when he stole the ball from forward Thomas Mueller just as he was about to shoot. Early in the second half, with Germany 1-0 down and pressuring strongly, he made a key interception to thwart a dangerous break by winger Julian Draxler.Umtiti also passed well from the back and cleared danger with commanding headers from crosses.Technically hes ready, mentally hes ready, veteran France right back Bacary Sagna said. Its the start of something special for him. 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He missed the final four games in his rookie season of 2013 because of a concussion. And he missed two games with a concussion last season.Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the Redskins were taking the cautious approach.Im not considering it a concussion until we get all the results, Gruden said. He just had some symptoms it doesnt mean it is. We just want to make sure we take all the right steps.Reed leads the Redskins with 33 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns. The Redskins like to use all three of their tight ends; they also have veterans Vernon Davis and Niles Paul, who has also played fullback this season.Rookie liinebacker Sua Cravens, who suffered a concussion in Week 4, was limited in practice and left early to be further evaluated as part of the concussion protocol.dddddddddddd Cravens created a stir on social media Tuesday when he posted a video on Snapchat of himself in glasses saying, Due to my concussion, my eyes have lost the memory to keep track of moving objects, so I have to wear these for the rest of my life.Gruden said the glasses were part of Cravens rehabilitation program. Cravens wore a helmet, but no pads in practice and was limited to individual drills.Were hoping to get positive results here shortly, Gruden said. As far as his Snapchat is concerned, I think he deleted his account, hopefully, for a week or so. He understands fully now what to put on Instagram and Twitter and what not to put on there. I dont think he meant anything by it. But it wasnt the right thing to do at that time. Hes learned. Young guy. Hell make another mistake Im sure before his careers over here. ' ' '