The July 31 trade that brought running back Tim Hightower from Arizona to Washington cost the Redskins a sixth-round draft pick and veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, who returned Sunday to play at FedEx Field. Holliday, 35, is playing for his sixth NFL team – his fourth in the last four years – but said he was impressed with the Redskins crowd.

“It’s just a great environment,” Holliday said. “You know that coming in. I stressed the importance of taking the crowd out of the game. We were unable to do that. … You have a lot of rich tradition here. It’s a storied franchise.”

Given the Redskins’ acquisitions along the defensive line in the offseason – particularly free agents Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen – club sources have indicated Holliday was unlikely to make the team out of training camp. He was credited with one solo tackle, one assist and one pass defended against his former team. He did visit with several Redskins prior to kickoff.

“It was great coming back and seeing all of the guys,” Holliday said, “but I would have loved to have come out on the other side with the victory. But [they’re] a great organization, great coaches on our side of the ball that I got a chance to see and say hello to.”