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Moore, Sellers top list of injured Redskins after preseason tilt against Baltimore

By Barry Svrluga and Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 22, 2010; 12:41 AM

Redskins fullback Mike Sellers and safety Kareem Moore both left Saturday night's 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter with injuries.

With just more than 13 minutes remaining in the quarter, Sellers was blocking for halfback Larry Johnson when he got caught up in traffic at the line, and a mass of bodies rolled up on his legs. Sellers writhed in pain at the Redskins 14-yard line.

Though teammates, including quarterback Donovan McNabb and halfback Clinton Portis, gathered around Sellers as he was tended to by trainers, Sellers eventually rose and limped off the field under his own power.

Moore suffered a right knee injury later in the quarter, when the Ravens ran a fake punt. He described it as minor sprain.

"I was just mad at myself," Moore said. "I've been hurt every year here."

The injury occurred when Baltimore snapped the ball directly to Haruki Nakamura, a safety who was lined up as a protector. Nakamura rumbled 51 yards to the Redskins' 1, and Moore appeared to hurt himself while in pursuit.

Moore, entering his first year as a starter at free safety, walked off the field under his own power, but very slowly. He had the knee heavily wrapped and was replaced in the game by veteran Reed Doughty. He didn't mask his disappointment and teammates stopped by to console him during the game.

McNabb, who played the entire first half and went 10 of 25 for 192 yards with an interception, emerged from the locker room at halftime with his left ankle heavily wrapped.

First-round pick Trent Williams came out of the locker room after halftime with his right arm in a sling, but the team said it was merely a bruised elbow.

L. Johnson struggles

Larry Johnson's preseason debut was a disappointment, as he managed only four yards on eight carries.

Johnson had impressed coaches in the offseason workouts and had a strong training camp. He said his performance Saturday negates a lot of progress he has shown.

"I feel personally it set me back a lot," Johnson said. "I did go out there and practice hard every day and try to see if it could translate over to today. Obviously it didn't do that."

As tough as Johnson's night turned out, the rest of the Redskins' running game didn't fare much better.

Facing a strong Baltimore front seven, Washington managed to run for only 25 yards on 14 carries.

Johnson said he is not sure how much action he'll see against the New York Jets on Friday, but given his lackluster performance against the Ravens, he knows he doesn't have many more opportunities to make his case. He said he'll ask coaches for as much time as possible, even requesting fourth-quarter carries in the Redskins' final two preseason games.

Having trouble vs. Suggs

It was a rough outing for rookie offensive tackle Trent Williams. Facing Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs, the 2010 first-round draft pick was beaten on more than one occasion.

With 1 minute 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Redskins facing third and one, Williams was driven into the backfield by Suggs, leading to a three-yard loss and preventing running back Larry Johnson from picking up the first down. With just under 10 minutes remaining in the half, Williams was beaten on the edge by Suggs, who sacked quarterback Donovan McNabb for a four-yard loss.

Williams was also called for a false start, his third penalty this preseason.

Staff writer Rick Maese contributed to this report.

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