It’s not exactly smooth as a baby’s bottom, but Logan Paulsen’s face is bare once again.
The Redskins tight end is known by many for his thick beard and long brown hair, both of which are often seen protruding from his helmet and chin strap.
But Paulsen this week decided to trim his entire beard off.
The Redskins Blog has learned the grooming decision was probably made much to the delight of Paulsen’s wife, Kelly.
The decision to cut off the beard was a far cry from a scenario Paulsen faced a couple years ago, when he decided to grow out his hair and beard until UCLA college teammate Nick Ekbatani — who suffered a leg amputation in a motorcycle crash — could walk again.
Paulsen held true to his word until last July, when he received a video from Ekbatani walking for the first time back home in California.
Paulsen said Ekbatani has been “doing OK” ever since.
“He’s not completely out of the woods,” Paulsen said Wednesday. “But he’s doing a lot better, just in terms of overall health.”
Paulsen said he grew out his beard this year “to try something different and kind of be funny and gross,” but “then it got too gross for even my liking.”
“I had to make an adjustment,” the fifth-year veteran admitted.
Paulsen said he isn’t a fan of daily beard grooming, so he typically takes an all-or-nothing approach.
“I don’t like trimming it and shaping it,” he said. “I just like to let it grow.”
When Paulsen put his helmet on Wednesday for the first time since cutting the mass of hair growing from his chin, he said he noticed an immediate difference.
“It’s way different now,” he said. “I put the helmet there, and all the space filled out with the beard is now all cavernous. It’s much different, actually.”
Paulsen — who has nine receptions for 46 yards so far this season — will get his first chance to test out his smooth face in game action this season on Sunday, when the team plays host to the Tennessee Titans at FedExField.
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