Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
LANDOVER, Md. – Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins’ 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Somber mood: The Redskins, once again, had a quiet locker room after their loss to Detroit. Safety Bacarri Rambo, who did not play one snap from scrimmage in a revamped scheme, sat in front of his locker checking his phone and still in uniform 15 minutes after the game ended. And left tackle Trent Williams was the last regular still in uniform, quietly clipping the adhesive tape off his ankle. “We still have 13 games left,” Williams said.
Ouch: Rookie tight end Jordan Reed exited the game with a right quadriceps contusion in the second half and did not return. Reed will be re-evaluated Monday to determine the extent of his injury. With veteran Fred Davis already out with an ankle injury, Reed’s absence left the Redskins with Niles Paul as the primary pass-catching tight end. He’s not nearly the same threat as the other two.
Staying fresh: Veteran linebacker London Fletcher asked the coaches to be removed on occasion to keep him fresh, which is why Nick Barnett entered for parts of at least two series in his place. At 38, Fletcher is nearing the end and likely playing in his final season. He finished with eight tackles, including one sack and two tackles for a loss. “I thought it helped me,” Fletcher said of the rest. By the way, he and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett chatted at Fletcher's locker after the game. They have a lot of work to do to fix this problem.
No solace: Corner DeAngelo Hall wasn’t about to feel great about his performance against receiver Calvin Johnson. It wasn’t as if Hall shut him down, but he did play him well and made it tough on Johnson, while also returning an interception for a touchdown. “The goal is to get a win," Hall said. "He wants the win. That’s what he got.”