Umenyiora remembers it being “a unique bonding experience” for the Giants.
“Once we got to London, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had on a team before,” he said. “You have training camp where you’re together all the time, but for us to be together like that in another country, experiencing different cultures, going around, always together. In the NFL, once training camp is over, you’re there from 8 to 4 and everyone goes their separate ways.”
Manning had his family and friends with him in London, as well, and recalled the team’s victory celebration.
“After the game we stayed in the city, and we had the whole team gathered at one spot, with guys on the mic announcing other guys coming in,” Manning said.
The Redskins had initially placed him on the exempt/left squad list Sept. 4, giving him a month to reconsider his plans or be lost for the season.
Cravens, a former Trojans player, was seen on the sideline of the Texas-USC game in Los Angeles on Saturday night standing near Washington senior vice president of personnel Doug Williams, who was in town for the Redskins’ game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Although a report by the NFL Network suggested that Cravens might return to the team facility this week, Redskins officials on Sunday did not express any hope or knowledge that that might be the case — or that Cravens had changed his mind about his plans. They had hoped that giving him time to reconsider would help.