M. Washington Plays, Rests, Contributes All the While

By Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, October 8, 2007

Strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington again did his best work from the sideline yesterday as the Washington Redskins routed Detroit, 34-3, at FedEx Field. Washington offered his insight about the Lions' offense and encouraged teammates while sitting out the second half because of a hamstring injury.

He has learned to contribute in other ways after missing the second half of the preseason and being slowed in the first three games because of a dislocated right elbow. The good news, Washington said, is that his elbow didn't bother him in his brief stint against Detroit.

Now, he'll focus on rehabilitating his hamstring in an effort to play a bigger role next Sunday against the Packers in Green Bay.

"I don't really know" how long the injury may take to heal, Washington said. "I'm feeling okay right now, but I'm sure [Monday] it's going to be a little sore. I've just got to get in, get some treatment and get ready to go."

In the first quarter, Washington, who had two tackles, sacked Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna. Veteran Randall Godfrey (two tackles) played the strong-side position for much of the game, helping the Redskins limit Detroit's productive pass-first offense to 106 yards passing and 144 total yards.

"It felt good to see the guys out there doing the job like that, really playing well and getting the fans so hyped up," Washington said. "I was a little nicked up, but the guys kept it going. It was just great we were able to finish good in this game."

Portis Takes a Hit, Shrugs It Off

Running back Clinton Portis limped off the field in the first quarter after aggravating a knee injury. He received treatment on the sideline and returned to the game, finishing with 72 yards on 18 carries. "They hit me on my knee, but you've got to shake it off," said Portis, who said he initially injured his knee in the second quarter of a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sept. 23.

"I wanted to be on the field. I knew it was too early for me to come out of the game and be done for the long haul. I just kept pushing and it felt great."

Portis said he felt he should have had a bigger game. "I felt like I left a lot of yards on the field. I can't do that," Portis said. "I feel like when I left the field [in the third quarter], I had numerous opportunities to go over the 100-yard mark with one big run."

Cooley's Touchdown Under 'Pressure'

Tight end Chris Cooley caught a touchdown pass -- his team-leading third of the season -- on a route that was identical to one on which he scored against the Giants. Cooley, who has just 10 receptions overall, grabbed a seven-yard pass in the second quarter to give Washington a 7-0 lead. He scored from the 8 against the Giants. The play, called "F Pressure" calls for Cooley to release off the line and essentially run right to the goal line, stop, and turn to face quarterback Jason Campbell. . . .

Defensive end Phillip Daniels hurt his shoulder and cornerback Fred Smoot had a burner, said Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine. "It separated, but I'm all right," Daniels said. The injuries are not expected to limit Daniels or Smoot in practice this week, Tyer said. . . .

Defensive tackle Kedric Golston, was inactive. He is primarily a run stopper, and the Redskins, who had only seven active defensive linemen, apparently wanted as many speed rushers as possible against the Lions.

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