Cornerback Darrell Green got the 50th regular season interception of his 17-year NFL career during the Washington Redskins' 28-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. The fans at FedEx Field showed their appreciation, showering Green with applause and chanting his name until he took a bow on the sideline.
"It was one of my goals, and I am thrilled to reach it," said Green, who also has five career postseason interceptions. "To be embraced by this community, especially when they know my commitment to the city of Washington in a day and time when athletics are really maligned, is a very special feeling. The two ovations were something that was very special."
Green intercepted a fourth-quarter pass by Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer as he threw deep for wide receiver Rob Moore. It was part of a season's-best day for a Redskins defense that continued its recent improvement. The Redskins limited the Cardinals to 13 points in the clubs' two meetings this season.
"We reestablished the commitment that we have to each other," Green said. "We took time out to say we believe in one another and are counting on one another to reach our goals."
Top of the Mark
Fifth-year wide receiver Michael Westbrook topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career with his four catches. Westbrook's performance gives him 54 receptions (also a career-high) for 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns.
Before this season, his most productive year had been 1998, when he caught 44 passes for 736 yards and six touchdowns. Westbrook was under unusual scrutiny entering the game, having been the first Redskin to raise questions about the propriety of NFL line judge Byron Boston calling NFC East games. Boston's son, David, is a rookie wide receiver for Arizona.
Coach Norv Turner said after the victory that he was pleased Westbrook did not let the controversy become a distraction.
"Michael had a good week of practice," Turner said. "He did an excellent job of not getting caught up in what happened on Monday, putting it behind him after Tuesday and playing. And he played well."
Westbrook has played the past four games with a cast on his broken right wrist. A routine X-ray conducted after the game revealed no complications, according to trainer Bubba Tyer, but obviously still showed the fracture. Doctors initially said Westbrook would be in the cast about six weeks, but Tyer said it may be longer given the slow pace at which the bone heals.
Davis's Run for Glory
Running back Stephen Davis needs 19 yards to break the Redskins' mark for most rushing yards gained in a season. With his career-high performance, gaining 189 yards on 37 carries, Davis has 1,335 yards through 13 games. Terry Allen set the team record in 1996, when he gained 1,353 yards. John Riggins is second, having gained 1,347 yards in 1983.
Davis's total yesterday was the third-highest production by an NFL running back this season. Eddie George gained 199 yards for Tennessee Thursday against Oakland and Corey Dillon ran for 192 yards for Cincinnati yesterday against Cleveland. . . .
Veteran wide receiver Irving Fryar had his first touchdown reception of the season--and as a Redskin--on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Brad Johnson in the second quarter. Fryar offered a spirited celebration that was, he said, a preview of his performance in the Oliver Stone movie about the NFL, "Any Given Sunday."
Said Fryar: "I do that in the movie. I wanted to have a chance to do it before the movie came out."