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Redskins fall to Giants, 27-23; Fred Davis lost for season


Redskins fall to Giants, 27-23; Fred Davis lost for season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ--In summary: Any discussion of Sunday’s heartbreaking 27-23 loss to the Giants must begin with the fact that the Redskins lost so much more than a game at MetLife Stadium.

Tight end Fred Davis – the team’s leading receiver in the absence of No. 1 wide receiver Pierre Garçon – is done for the season after suffering a torn left Achilles’ tendon. 

Davis was running a route in the first quarter when he crumpled to the turf, his lower leg throbbing.

“I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it,” said Davis, who entered the game with 23 catches for 312 yards. “Yardage after catch, making plays, blocking."

Davis said he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, but Shanahan already has resigned himself to not having one of his offense's most dangerous weapons for the remainder of 2012. The 26-year-old walked out of the visitors’ locker room sporting an immobilizer boot and walking slowly with the assistance of crutches.

Although tight end Logan Paulsen picked up the slack nicely, hauling in a career-high four balls for a team-leading 76 yards, speculation about Chris Cooley being reunited with the Redskins will begin in earnest Monday – if it hasn’t already.

Here are eight additional notes, quotes and observations from East Rutherford, N.J.:

Turning point: The Redskins barely had time to celebrate taking a 23-20 lead with 1:38 left to play, when Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was doing the Salsa in the opposite end zone.

Cruz raced right down the middle of the field, splitting cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams before reeling in a 77-yard bomb from Eli Manning, answering Moss' go-ahead score only three plays earlier.

“He made a play,” Wilson said. “The guy made a play. He didn’t do anything all game. He was not a part of the game until the last play of the game.”

Offensive play of the game: Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin authored what could have been the signature comeback of his brief but stellar NFL career. Facing a second-and-six, the rookie signal caller lofted a perfectly-placed, 30-yard pass over Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley and into the hands of Moss for a touchdown that put the Redskins ahead 23-20.

The good times, though, were fleeting.

"I just feel like I lost a fight," Moss said.

Defensive play of the game: Rob Jackson posted his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter – and the timing couldn’t have been better. 

With linebacker London Fletcher on the sideline with a strained hamstring and Griffin having just lost a fumble in Giants’ territory, Jackson got the ball right back. He read Manning perfectly, then stepped between quarterback and wide receiver  Hakeem Nicks. 

Four plays later, Kai Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal to pull the Redskins to within 20-16. 

Special teams player of the game: Forbath connected from 20, 43 and 45 yards, improving his mark with the Redskins to 4 for 4 since replacing Billy Cundiff two weeks ago.

Quote of the day: Giants defensive end Justin Tuck on Griffin: “I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache.”

Quote of the day, Part 2: New York Coach Tom Coughlin on Manning: “When his back is up against the wall is when he does his best work.”

Injury report: Fletcher said he hopes to know more on Monday about the hamstring injury he sustained late in the game. 

“I couldn’t get full range of motion,” the defensive captain said. “I wanted to be out there, especially after we took the lead. But I couldn’t go out there and be me. I didn’t want risk further injury or put our team at a disadvantage.”

Fletcher said he suffered the injury while covering a Giants’ receiver.  

Game ball: It goes to Paulsen. The 25-year-old stepped in for Davis and hauled in a career-high four receptions for 76-yards, including a 19-yarder on fourth down that kept alive a key fourth quarter scoring drive. Entering Sunday’s game, Paulsen had never caught more than two passes in a game. 

By the numbers: The Redskins’ four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) were twice as many as they’ve had in a game this season. In fact, they haven’t had that many turnovers since Week 6 vs. Philadelphia last season.

Record book: The Redskins’ season-high 480 yards of total offense marked the team’s highest total since amassing 481 yards against Jacksonville on Oct. 1, 2006, according to the team.

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Redskins' Josh Norman planning celebration that puts NFL in awkward spot

Redskins' Josh Norman planning celebration that puts NFL in awkward spot

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is already an All-Pro antagonist, but according to a Thursday report from For The Win, his best work is yet to come. 

Norman was forced to abandon his favorite bow and arrow celebration after getting fined by the NFL. But he has divised a clever replacement that sets the league up to look hypocritical. 

"Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field," Norman told Charlotte Wilder of FTW after Thursday's practice. "And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”

Of course, his bow and arrow gesture wasn't explicitly banned in the rule book, neither was tight end Vernon Davis' jump shot celebration, but both got penalized anyway. 

Except this time, the outspoken corner thinks he has the NFL, well, cornered. If encouraging people to drink beer in commercial breaks is cool, then pretending to drink beer on the field must be cool too, right?

“I mean, you’re selling ads on TV, so why can’t my celebration be legal? It’s a catch-22, man. These guys are serious.”

There's only one snag in Norman's plan: it's not exactly clear what he's doing in the celebration he demonstated. He pantomimed opening a keg, tapping it and hoisting it above his head to drink from it. 

But what if people don't get it? He'll just explain afterward, he assured Wilder. 

Norman might consider pretending to pop the tab on a can of beer and drink it on the field. Seems more straight forward, but then again, I'm not the master troll here. 

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Injury report: Cravens a full go in practice but status for game still uncertain

Injury report: Cravens a full go in practice but status for game still uncertain

Redskins linebacker Su’a Cravens was a full participant in practice for the first time since getting a concussion in a game against the Browns on October 2.

That certainly is good news regarding the rookie’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Lions but that still remains up in the air. Cravens is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

“He’s going to get evaluated tomorrow, but he did everything today,” said Gruden. “So it’s just the progression of things and the protocol. He’s get checked out by the independent [doctor] tomorrow and hopefully he’ll get good news.”

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Gruden said that getting through practice was not a problem for Cravens.

“He looked great today,” he said. “He did a lot of stuff with linebackers. He did some scout team safety, so he did some good stuff.”

Meanwhile, Jordan Reed, who also is in the concussion protocol, did not practice after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday. But Gruden made it a point to say that Reed did not suffer a setback.

“We just thought, the medical staff thought, today it was best to keep him out,” said Gruden. “And he’ll get evaluated again tomorrow by the independent doctor.”

Also missing practice was wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was out for a second straight day.

“DeSean’s just got soreness in his shoulder and we chose to keep him out today,” said Gruden.

Yesterday, Jackson expressed confidence that he will play. Today, Gruden did the same.

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“Yeah, as long as it’s not his legs, but we’ll see,” said Gruden when asked if Jackson will play. “We’ll see how he’s feeling. You know, seriously, though, he’s sore right now but we’ll continue to get him treatment today and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”

Jackson has been out of Wednesday practices on a few occasions during the season so it was not unusual to see him out yesterday. But Jackson being out two days in a row is a bit more alarming but we will have to see how he is doing tomorrow.