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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins

By John Keim

DENVER -- Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos:

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Painful exit: Quarterback Robert Griffin III walked around in the locker room without much of a limp, after leaving the game following a crunching hit that left him grabbing his left knee momentarily. Coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that Griffin could have re-entered the game, but with the Redskins down by 17 late, Shanahan did not want to risk it, so they went with Kirk Cousins instead. Griffin later said he was more scared than anything, but he’s fine.

Shell-shocked: The Redskins tried to cling to the fact that there are nine games remaining. But there were a lot of confused, deflated looks in the locker room, more so than after most losses. They went from 21-7, thinking they could spring an upset, to 45-21 and wondering where they are headed. “I don’t know, man, I really don’t know,” Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen said. “We made some mistakes.” He then paused to take a deep breath. “It was rough,” he said.

Blame game: Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, like many, pinned the loss on the offense. It failed to come through to help the defense once the Broncos started to gain momentum. “It’s Peyton Manning. You know he’s going to score points. We put our defense in a [bad spot].”

No solace: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown. He paused for a second when asked if he could feel good about his own play the past several games. “When you’re not getting wins it’s not good for anybody in this locker room,” Hall said. “It’s nice to say, ‘Hey I played a great game.’ But you still leave with that bad taste in your mouth.”