Redskins Notebook

Sellers Is All Right After Suffering Concussion in 2nd Half

By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 24, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 23 -- Washington Redskins fullback Mike Sellers suffered a concussion while playing on the coverage team on the opening kickoff of the second half of a 32-21 victory over Minnesota.

After being hurt, he lay on the field for a few moments, and a cart came out to transport him to the locker room. Sellers was able to walk off the field. Under league policy, though, he could not go back into the game after receiving the concussion diagnosis.

"I'm fine," Sellers said. "I didn't even see the cart. I didn't see the cart come on the field. I don't feel like I have a concussion."

Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine, said Sellers would be evaluated daily in compliance with league rules, but was encouraged by the early signs.

"He was walking around and clear headed," Tyer said. "He wanted to get back in the game. We had to hide his helmet from him."

Tight end Brian Kozlowski took Sellers's place in the backfield.

Running Together

Few players have impressed running back Clinton Portis as much as Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson.

In fact, Portis said, Peterson reminds him of himself when he came into the league. "He is cocky. He came in with the right attitude. He reminds me of myself a lot," Portis said. "The way he is playing, eager to prove something, every team they play he punishes. I appreciate everything that he does."

Peterson entered Sunday fourth in the NFL with 1,278 yards rushing; he had 27 yards on nine carries against the Redskins.

He made his name in a 35-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers Nov. 4. That day, Peterson set a single-game NFL record with 296 yards rushing.

A Big Target

Rookie lineman Lorenzo Alexander has had prominent roles on offense, defense and special teams down the stretch. Alexander has gone in motion on some plays after lining up as a tight end, and he said catching a deep pass is among his goals.

"Now, I've got some hands, believe me," said Alexander, listed at 6 feet 1 and 300 pounds. "I'd like to go out there and catch one on a fade [route].

"The coaches . . . they're getting pretty creative, and I'm enjoying it. I'm a little guy at heart. I like going out for routes, going out early with the [wide receivers] and messing around with them. Being a big guy, and being able to do some things receivers do, is real fun."

New Time

The starting time for the Redskins' regular season finale Dec. 30 against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field has been moved to 4:15 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans-Indianapolis Colts game has been moved to prime time on NBC; the previously scheduled prime-time game, Kansas City at the New York Jets, has been moved to 4:15. One other game, Pittsburgh at Baltimore, has been moved to 4:15. . . . Starting quarterback Jason Campbell missed his second straight game with a dislocated knee and remains unlikely to play for at least a few more weeks, were the Redskins to make the playoffs. . . .

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (calf), tight end Todd Yoder (knee), safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) and reserve center Mike Pucillo (back) all missed the game with injuries. . . .

Safety Reed Doughty suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

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