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

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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 announce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

Redskins announce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

TAMPA — The Redskins did not bring the entire team to Tampa for their preseason game tonight.

A total of 26 players, most of the team’s starters and top reserves, stayed back in Washington.

They were not going to play in the game, which was rescheduled from tomorrow to tonight.

RELATED: REDSKINS VS. BUCCANEERS LIVE BLOG

Here are the players who did not make the trip:

  • 8 QB Kirk Cousins
  • 11 WR DeSean Jackson
  • 20 CB Greg Toler
  • 23 S DeAngelo Hall
  • 24 CB Josh Norman
  • 25 RB Chris Thompson
  • 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
  • 30 S David Bruton Jr.
  • 31 RB Matt Jones
  • 51 LB Will Compton
  • 54 LB Mason Foster
  • 61 G Spencer Long
  • 64 NT Kedric Golston
  • 71 T Trent Williams
  • 73 DE Ziggy Hood
  • 75 G Brandon Scherff
  • 76 T Morgan Moses
  • 77 G Shawn Lauvao
  • 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
  • 80 WR Jamison Crowder
  • 85 TE Vernon Davis
  • 86 TE Jordan Reed
  • 88 WR Pierre Garçon
  • 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
  • 92 DE Chris Baker
  • 94 LB Preston Smith

 

None of the names on the list is particularly surprising with the possible exception of Hood.

He has likely earned a roster spot but his inclusion in the group getting the night off was not expected. We will keep an eye on his situation as we move towards Week 1.

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Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.

CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries. 

RELATED: WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN REDSKINS VS. BUCS

PREGAME: 

5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.

5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.

6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to. 

6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half. 

6:40 p.m. — The final preseason game is, for many teams, the final audition for fringe players. As such, 26 Redskins players did not make the trip to Tampa. Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are just few of the stars who will be watching the Buccaneers' game on TV. 

7:20 p.m. — Weather update: THERE IS A LOT OF RAIN.

8:00 p.m. — OK, it's apparently time to play football, which may be a difficult task to carry out tonight. If you're in the neighborhood of Raymond James Stadium, there are plenty of seats still available. 

FIRST QUARTER:

8:10 p.m. — The Redskins receive to start the game. Nate Sudfeld is in at QB. Robert Kelley starts at RB with Rashad Ross and Maurice Harris at WR. Logan Paulsen gets the start at TE.

8:15 p.m. — A healthy dose of Robert Kelley to start. He has been mighty impressive in the preseason. WIll he play another series? He probably shouldn't. A position on the roster is all but locked up. The Redskins rushing game looked fairly poor this preseason aside from Kelley.

8:17 p.m. — Redskins first drive stalls. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 47-yard FG. 3-0 Redskins. 

SECOND QUARTER:

8:40 p.m. — Mack Brown wants a spot on the roster. The Florida Gators running back ran 60 yards for a TD on the first series of the second quarter. 10-0.

8:45 p.m. — Mack Brown doin' work. 

8:50 p.m. — Conventional wisdom suggested that the Redskins running back position would work itself out by the end of the preseason. But as of now it looks like the team could keep Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Mack Brown. 

8:55 p.m. — Redskins force a turnover. Deshazor Everett deflected a pass from QB Ryan Griffin and Duke Ihenacho made the grab before the ball hit the ground. 

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Tropical storm pouring down rain in Tampa as game time approaches for Redskins (VIDEO)

Tropical storm pouring down rain in Tampa as game time approaches for Redskins (VIDEO)

TAMPA - It's no secret that bad weather is hitting Tampa this week. In fact, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game from Thursday night to Wednesday night in an effort to get in front of the pending tropical weather. While the schedule change may help the teams avoid the nastiest parts of the storm, plenty of bad weather has already moved into Tampa.

From CSN photographer Mitch Tischler live at Raymond James Stadium:

A different view - looking over Tampa Bay:

As of 1 p.m., there are no plans in place to cancel the game, and some of the football operations people involved believe that the game will be fine as the bands of rain space out. Lightning and flooding could lead to a cancellation, however, either before the game or once the action stars.

Stay tuned.