Cornerback Justin Tryon, top, played better against the Steelers than he did against the Ravens.
Cornerback Justin Tryon, top, played better against the Steelers than he did against the Ravens. (By Rob Carr -- Associated Press)
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For the fourth consecutive season, Todd Collins will be the Redskins' backup quarterback and Colt Brennan is in a battle with rookie Chase Daniel for the No. 3 job, Coach Jim Zorn said Monday after practice at Redskins Park.

When camp began, Brennan supposedly was competing with Collins for the right to be starter Jason Campbell's primary backup. But Collins, who will be in his 15th season, solidified his standing when he went 8 for 11 with 70 yards in a preseason-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

"We saw that Todd was not willing to kind of bow down and give up his number two spot," Zorn said. "So the competition is for the number three spot, and Chase is making a statement about that."

In his pro debut, Daniel threw two second-half touchdown passes to rally the Redskins to a 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night at FedEx Field. The former Missouri standout completed 6 of 8 passes for 58 yards and scrambled 22 yards for a first down.

"He had a very productive game. He did a lot of good things," Zorn said. "He had a big scramble for a first down and showed he could move around out of the pocket. He was accurate with most of his throws. He knew what to do and I think he'll continue to improve. So, yeah, he helped himself, and there's a real battle going on right there."

Brennan achieved cult-hero status with fans on the strength of his impressive statistics in preseason as a rookie, but the second-year player has struggled so far this preseason. He went 4 for 12 for 43 yards with an interception against Baltimore, and 3 for 5 for 42 yards with another interception against Pittsburgh.

With the Redskins driving late in the fourth quarter Saturday, Brennan tried to force an ill-advised pass into an area of the end zone well covered by four Steelers. Linebacker Tom Korte intercepted the pass.

Campbell is expected to lead the first-team offense for at least two full quarters Friday against the New England Patriots at FedEx Field. Daniel and Brennan probably would split time in the final preseason game Sept. 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

-- ROGERS, SELLERS TO PLAY: Cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) and fullback Mike Sellers (knee) sat out practice on Monday but said they expect to play Friday night against the Patriots. Right tackle Stephon Heyer inadvertently stepped on the inside of Sellers's knee in the second quarter of the Steelers game. Sellers suffered a bruised knee but "will be all right," he said. "I don't know what else to say, without going too far in depth. I'm fine. I'll be fine."

As for Rogers, he aggravated his lingering calf injury during the game. "It just swelled up a little," Rogers said. "It'll be okay." Heyer revealed he was the person who stepped on Sellers's knee before the team would have reviewed the play in meetings.

"He told on himself, because he knew I was gonna see it on film," Sellers said. "That's a 300-pound lineman with cleats stepping on the inside of your knee. And no give, because the other part of my knee was on the ground. But hey, it happens. It's football."

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