Niles Paul, Santana Moss share return duties for Redskins


Santana Moss (89) scores a touchdown as Indianapolis Colts defensive back Antoine Bethea (41) defends in the second quarter Saturday. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

Instead of usual return man Brandon Banks, the Redskins sent tight end Niles Paul back deep to field the opening kick.

Paul caught the ball eight yards into the end zone and returned it 42 yards to the Washington 34-yard line. He returned to field another kick after the Colts’ first touchdown. But that kick wound up as a touchback.

In the punt return game, veteran receiver Santana Moss had two opportunities. He returned one punt 16 yards and another eight yards.

Banks, who is battling for a roster spot and last week returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown, didn’t get on the field as either a returner or receiver in the first half. He did return the Colts’ first punt of the second half for four yards.

He wasn’t seen on the sideline early in the game, but later was walking in front of the bench with pads on, but no helmet or gloves.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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