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Mike Shanahan gave another typically tight-lipped post-game press conference today, one day after his Redskins blew a 27-10 lead in a 30-27 loss to the Houston Texans. Shanahan confirmed that a MRI on Trent Williams' injured knee turned up negative, and added that he'll know more about his status on Wednesday after he gets a chance to rest it.
"When I looked at film, I didn't think it would be too serious," Shanahan said.
If Williams can't go, Stephon Heyer would start, though it's unclear whether he'll replace Williams at left tackle or start at right tackle, with Jammal Brown sliding over to the left side.
Shanahan sounded like he had lots of confidence in Heyer's abilities. He said it's nice to have a backup like Heyer with experience playing both tackle positions, and he expects Heyer to get the job done if called upon.
There were no happy Redskins in the locker room following their 30-27 overtime loss to the Houston Texans. It doesn't get any tougher to stomach than blowing a 17 point lead. However, the Redskins did just that when Neil Rackers hit the game winning 35-yard field goal in OT to complete the comeback for the Texans who were down 27-10 in the third quarter.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb passed for 426 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Redskins squandered a three score advantage and gave up 497 yards passing to Matt Schaub.
"They made plays on the ball and we had them in a couple fourth down situations and let them convert," said linebacker London Fletcher. "Good defense is a defense that makes the play-offs and wins championships; [we] can't allow that. We wasted a great offensive performance by Donovan [and] our team in general. You know, you give us 27 points; that's more than enough to win a football game. It's very tough because it's on us as a defense. We didn't get the job done today."
The Texans were able to get it done on a key fourth down late. With the game on the line and Houston down seven, Schaub threw up a jump ball for star receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson pulled it in over the outstretched Reed Doughty to tie the game and send it to overtime.
LaRon Landry, who had another strong performance with 11 tackles and a sack, expressed his frustration afterwards.
"It's a tough pill to swallow," Landry said. "We were up the whole game and blew it at the end. I wish it didn't happen, but we've got to move on."
It will be hard to shake this one off, but the Redskins travel west to St. Louis for a game against the Rams next Sunday. Sitting at 1-1, the players are aware they must stay focused and forget about today's nightmare.
"It's hard to come back, but at the same time it's a game," said DeAngelo Hall. "It is just one game, and we had this game won. It's not frustrating that we lost, it's frustrating that we had the game won and then lost. We just have to come in Monday, watch what we did wrong and try to correct those things."
Fletcher agreed wholeheartedly. "Come Wednesday, we have to be past this," he said. "It's just the nature of the NFL. We've got another game next Sunday. We've got to come in tomorrow, correct our mistakes, talk about it, and work on it in practice and go from there."
While the defense was at loss for words at what had happened, the offense was disappointed they couldn't score when it counted most.
"As an offense if they score 27 then we have to score 28," said receiver Anthony Armstrong. "We just feed off each other. They (the defense) can't really take full blame because we have to finish. There were times when we went down there and we have to score. It goes both ways."
The offense can certainly take away some positives, but when it comes down to it, the team as a whole was unable to come through in key situations. Be it the missed field goal in overtime, the blocked field goal in the second half, or Joey Galloway's dropped touchdown pass, the Redskins did just enough to blow what would have been a key, confidence building victory in just the second game of the Mike Shanahan era.
There was plenty of blame to go around in the Redskins' 30-27 loss to the Texans today. But if you choose to place the blame solely on Gary Kubiak, or on the NFL for allowing coaches to call timeouts from the sideline just before a play is called, here is some video to accompany your misery.
The Redskins have had lots of heartbreaking losses over the past few years, but few compare to this one. After a 22-yard touchdown by Chris Cooley, the Redskins had a 27-10 lead late in the third quarter.
In the end, they lost the game, as a 35-yard field goal by Neil Rackers in overtime sealed a 30-27 comeback victory for the Texans.
The win was made possible after Redskins kicker Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal that would have given the Redskins the win. He had hit the field goal before, but the Texans called a timeout at the last second. The icing worked, as Gano pushed the second attempt wide right.
The Texans picked up a key first down on a short catch by Jacoby Jones, where he was able to get his hands under a low throw, and put themselves in position with a 28-yard pass to Joel Dreessen.
The Texans had tied the game on a 34-yard jump-ball pass to Andre Johnson on 4th and 10 with just over two minutes left to go in regulation. They received the ball first in overtime, but elected not to let Rackers attempt a 52-yard field goal.
There are certainly lots of Redskins that have some soul-searching to do after this loss. A 2-0 start would have truly gotten the Mike Shanahan era started with a bang. Instead, the Redskins are 1-1, with only one narrow victory in two home games under their belt.
The Texans won the coin toss to start overtime and drove right down the field to the Washington 34-yard line. And while a 52-yard field goal would have been well within Neil Rackers' 55-yard range, Head Coach Gary Kubiak made the controversial decision to punt the ball away to the Redskins rather than attempting a long field goal.
Five minutes later, Mike Shanahan was faced with the same decision. He went the other way.
But it was Kubiak who made another call. He called a timeout from the sideline just before Graham Gano drilled a field goal from 52-yards. The Texans iced the kicker, and it worked. Gano missed the ensuing attempt, and overtime continued.
UPDATE: Williams has a sprained knee, according to Chris Russell of ESPN 980.
The Redskins' final drive has not gotten off to a good start. On second down, Donovan McNabb was sacked by Mario Williams, causing a third and long. Worse, prized rookie Trent Williams was injured on the play.
Williams fell backwards on the ground and was clutching his left knee for a long time. Two trainers came in to help Williams off the field, and the was undergoing stability tests on his knee. We will keep you posted on his status.
If this drive taught us anything, it's that Andre Johnson versus Reed Doughty isn't much of a matchup.
On a do-or-die play, Matt Schaub completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Johnson on fourth down. An incomplete pass would have all but ended the game with Washington holding on to a seven point lead with just over two minutes to play. Johnson hauled in the jump ball play, and we now have a tie game.
The Redskins had made three consecutive stops leading up to the touchdown pass, with London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, and Phillip Buchanon each breaking up a pass.
The Redskins looked good to extend their lead back to two scores, but Graham Gano's field goal attempt was blocked by Bernard Pollard.
The drive by the Redskins included a 12-yard run by Clinton Portis. This was his longest run of the day, and a bit refreshing to see since he had been on the sideline with a wrist injury just moments ago.
Prior to the field goal attempt, the Redskins were one yard away from first and goal, but a false start penalty on Jammal Brown backed the team up five yards.
Fred Davis missed an opportunity to slow down Pollard on the block.
The Texans scored three more points, but they may have lost a critical element to their attack for the remainder of the game.
All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson is currently listed as questionable with a right ankle injury, and paid a visit to the locker room, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. Johnson has now returned from the locker room in his pads and may still return to the game.
In the mean time, Matt Schaub connected with touchdown scorer Kevin Walter again for a 35-yard pass. Three plays later, Neil Rackers added his second field goal of the game to cut the Redskins' lead to just seven.
Texans WR Andre Johnson has left the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He hobbled off the field following a reception and went into the locker room for several minutes. He re-emerged seconds ago and his return is questionable.
He appears to be alright and is jogging along the sidelines.
Watch out Redskins. The Texans have started to find unique ways to get the ball to Arian Foster in space.
A 50-yard screen pass from Matt Schaub to Foster took the ball down to Washington's six-yard line, where Kevin Walter caught a touchdown pass on the following play.
The Redskins still lead by two scores. But that lead is starting to get a bit precarious as Clinton Portis is now on the sidelines with an apparenty wrist injury.
The Redskins offense is flying high.
Donovan McNabb spread the ball around on his nine-play 92-yard drive as he has now passed for 340 yards on the day. The long drive included a 20-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong for his second reception of the year, a 34-yard pass to Roydell Williams for his first reception of the year, and a 22-yard pass to Chris Cooley to give McNabb his first passing touchdown of the year.
In unrelated news, Jason Campbell has been removed from the game by the Oakland Raiders. Coach's decision.
The Texans hoped to start the second half of this game exactly the same way as they started the second half last week against the Colts: by running the ball. Arian Foster ran the ball 10 times on that 15-play drive, including a rushing touchdown.
However, the Redskins did a much better job against the run on this drive than Indiannapolis did last week. The NFL Offensive Player of the Week Foster had only nine yards on four carries thanks to some quality tackling by the Washington defense.
The Texans were able to move the ball down to the Redskins 29-yard line, and Neil Rackers capped off the drive with a field goal.
Donovan McNabb has thrown for 239 first half yards, the most by a Redskins QB since Mark Rypien’s 259 yard performance against Atlanta in 1991. Meanwhile Jason Campbell has passed for 87 yards and an interception in Oakland today.
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McNabb was the player of note in the first half as the Redskins dropped 20 points on Houston, and only punted the ball once. Apprently, these aren’t your usual offensively challenged Redskins.
Defensively, the Redskins have struggled to contain the stretch runnning game of the Texans, but Jim Haslett has dialed up the blitz at all the right times today, sacking Matt Schaub three times and intercepting him once. The secondary is the strength of this defense and they have to be happy they are playing with a 13 point lead.
Remember that 62-yard from Donovan McNabb to Joey Galloway that helped set up a one-yard touchdown run from Clinton Portis?
Well McNabb and Portis just did it again. This time it was tight end Fred Davis who caught the long pass and ran the ball down to the one-yard line. Fittingly, Portis had a huge downfield blog to help spring Davis, who dove just short of the goalline.
Donovan McNabb is now 12-16 passing with 239 yards.
After the teams traded punts, Matt Schaub and Arian Foster of the Texans once again drove their team down into scoring range. This time though, Houston had to settle for a field goal attempt, and Neil Rackers is no Graham Gano.
Rackers, who beat out original Texan Kris Brown for the kicking job in preseason, missed for 47-yards out.
The kick may have been a bit easier were it not for Lorenzo Alexander's sack of Schaub on the previous play.
Donovan McNabb came out throwing again. His 62-yard pass down the middle of the field made Joey Galloway look like DeSean Jackson.
After another great catch from Santana Moss took the ball down to the one-yard line, Clinton Portis of the Redskins punched the ball in for the Redskins' first offensive touchdown of the year.
Washington has one rushing yard on six carries, but they now lead 13-7.
The offensive efficiency has shifted from one team to the other as the Texans kick off the second quarter with a quick score. Matt Schaub was 5-5 passing on the drive and his five-yard pass to Jacoby Jones resulted in the first touchdown of the game.
The Redskins also saw a heavy dose of last week's Offensive Player of the Week Arian Foster on the drive. Foster currently has 22 yards on five carries for Houston.
A 35-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to Chris Cooley brought the Redskins into a First and Goal opportunity, but they once again failed to punch the ball in the endzone. Graham Gano scored his second field goal of the first quarter as the Redskins pulled out to a 6-0 lead.
The Redskins had a short field on offense thanks to an interception by Carlos Rodgers. Pressure on the quarterback from LaRon Landry led to the sure-handed Rodgers getting his first interception since 2008.
The Texans started their own drive initially from the 1-yard line as kick returner Steve Slaton stepped out of bounds immediately after catching the ball. This was Slaton's second kick return of his career, and maybe his last.
The Redskins started out red hot, with Donovan McNabb completing his first four passes, all for first downs. Mike Sellers and Santana Moss each had two first downs, but the scoring drive fizzled out Washington approached the red zone.
Looks like those pre-planned plays are working out so far for the Redksins. The drive was fairly similar to the team's opening drive last Sunday against the Cowboys.
Graham Gano connected with a 42-yard field goal with just over five minutes gone in the game
The Redskins and Texans have each released their inactive lists for today’s game.
Heading up the Redskins list is controversial nose tackle Albert Haynesworth who missed some practice this week with an ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday.
The entire list for Washington is as follows:
NT: Albert Haynesworth
WR/PR: Brandon Banks
S: Kareem Moore
MLB: Perry Riley
OL: Will Montgomery
TE: Logan Paulsen
DE: Jeremy Jarmon
3rd QB: John Beck
For the Texans:
WR: Dorin Dickerson
CB: Antwuan Molden
CB: Jamar Wall
G: Kasey Studdard
G: Shelley Smith
TE: Garrett Graham
DE: Adewale Ogunleye
3rd QB: Matt Leinart
The official Friday injury reports are out for Sunday's game between the Redskins and Texans.
Washington listed quarterback Donovan McNabb and Clinton Portis as questionable, although both are expected to play. Albert Haynesworth, who was the only player listed to go less than a full practice today according to Ryan O'Halloran, is also questionable. Additionally, rookie linebacker Perry Riley may get his first opportunity to contribute for the team this weekend.
The full injury list for both teams is as follows:
Kareem Moore, S - Limited Practice (Knee) - DOUBTFUL
Albert Haynesworth, DL - Limited Practice (Ankle) - QUESTIONABLE
Perry Riley, LB - Full Practice (Foot) - QUESTIONABLE
Clinton Portis, RB - Full Practice (Wrist) - QUESTIONABLE
Donovan McNabb, QB - Full Practice (Ankle) - QUESTIONABLE
Amobi Okoye, DT - Limited Practice (Ankle) - QUESTIONABLE
Antwaun Molden, CB - Limited Practice (Ankle) - QUESTIONABLE
Owen Daniels, TE - Limited Practice (Knee) - PROBABLE
Mario Williams, DE - Limited Practice (Groin) - PROBABLE
Dominique Barber, S - Full Practice (Shoulder) - PROBABLE
Duane Brown, T - Full Practice (Hamstring) - PROBABLE
Vonta Leach, FB - Full Practice (Neck) - PROBABLE
Amobi Okoye, DT - Full Practice (Ankle) - PROBABLE
Kevin Walter, WR - Full Practice (Hip) - PROBABLE
Eugene Wilson, S - Full Practice (Back) - PROBABLE
Neil Rackers, K - Full Practice (Illness) - PROBABLE
Antonio Smith, DE - Full Practice (Back) - PROBABLE
There was some hope that Kareem Moore might be healthy enough to play on sunday against the Texans, but according to John Keim, that can now be ruled out.
Kareem Moore is out, Shanahan said.
The Redskins will have to go with the same safeties that proved effective against Dallas in week one.
The Washington Redskins have completed their Thursday and, as a result, have updated their injury report. Most notably, as has been the case with recent Redskins’ news, was the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Head coach Mike Shanahan told the media that Haynesworth sprained his ankle in Wednesday’s practice, and as a result didn’t participate in Thurday’s session because he “was a little sore.”
It seems as though Haynesworth’s ankle sprain isn’t too severe, however, because Shanahan said “Hopefully it’s not too serious and he’ll be able to practice tomorrow.”
Other updates include:
The Texans have not updated their injury report with Thursday's notes.
The Redskins just released an injury report for next week's game against the Houston Texans, and it came with an interesting nugget: defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was limited in practice. According to the injury report, Haynesworth was limited due to an ankle injury.
This is kind of random, but he did participate, so it doesn't sound like a lot. Other notes:
After a big win over the Cowboys, the Redskins will look to go 2-0 when they take on a Houston Texans team that was very impressive in rolling past Indianapolis last week. The game is at 4:15 on Sunday, and it will take place at Fedex Field. Follow along for all pre-game updates all week in this StoryStream.
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