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Defensive Linemen Are Chief Victims of a Painful Win

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 24, 2008

SEATTLE, Nov. 23 -- The Redskins suffered several injuries -- many to the defensive line -- in Sunday's 20-17 win over Seattle and will not know the full extent of many until Monday. Defensive end Andre Carter left the game with a slight tear of his plantar fascia, while defensive tackle Kedric Golston was carted into the locker room with an ankle injury.

The team departed Seattle and flew through the night to get back to Redskins Park, with players set for treatment and tests Monday. Linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Carlos Rogers left the game briefly but were not listed on the injury report, while running back Clinton Portis played through a strained hip muscle, to go with the knee injury with which he has played.

Coach Jim Zorn will update the status of the injured players Monday. Golston was unable to put any weight on his right leg, while Carter was able to stand normally but said he is unsure how the injury will affect him.

"It's a slight tear," Carter said. "We're a little bit hurt, a little bit nicked up. Actually, little is not the word. We're really beat up as defensive linemen. So we all want to be blessed to get back in there and face New York."

At one point, several players thought starting defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin might have to leave the game as well -- he was helped to the sidelines -- but he too played through the pain. Defensive lineman Demetric Evans, who toggles between end and tackle, was prepared to step in, undersize as he is, and play Griffin's spot but did not have to do so.

With players ailing, reserve defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander played more than normal, creating pass pressure and earning praise from his teammates. Alexander had three tackles, including a sack and two tackles for losses.

Moss in the Middle of Penalties

Wide receiver Santana Moss was on opposite ends of two big penalties. His personal foul, for striking cornerback Josh Wilson on the head after a play, put the Redskins out of field goal range in the second quarter. Two plays later, on third and 20, he drew a pass interference call on cornerback Kelly Jennings that put the ball on the Seattle 14-yard line. Ladell Betts would finish the drive with a touchdown run for a 7-3 lead.

"I got a chance and got real aggressive with [Wilson] on a block," Moss said in a postgame interview with Comcast SportsNet. "And as I'm leaving to get away from him, he's grabbing me, grabbing me, and we're kind of exchanging words.

"And he wouldn't let go, so I did the best thing that I knew at that moment. It wasn't the best decision, but I did it, and I'm glad that we don't have to sit here and be saying that cost the game or something. I did it and I apologize about it and I moved on."

Tribute to Sean Taylor

Family, friends and teammates of the late Sean Taylor will honor him in a tribute at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Original Steakhouse and Sports Theatre in Ashburn. Taylor died last Nov. 27, one day after he was shot in his Miami area home.

Part of the tribute will be an auction of three automobiles, three all-terrain vehicles and a boat that belonged to Taylor. The items are up for bid on eBay from now until Dec. 2; the top online bidders for each item will be invited to the tribute to complete the bidding. Proceeds from the sales will go to Taylor's estate for the benefit of his 2-year-old daughter, Jackie.

For more information, go to http://www.sean21taylor.com.

Staff writer Dan Steinberg contributed to this report.

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