Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
OAKLAND -- Seen and heard in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 24-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders:
Relief: The Redskins were upbeat, but they did not go overboard with giddiness after winning their first game of the season. There were plenty of smiles, but the emphasis was the same as it was when they had success last year: It’s just one (needed) win. But perhaps what summed everything up was the fierce spike by receiver Pierre Garcon after his go-ahead touchdown. “That was three weeks of frustration,” Garcon said.
Pain: Redskins running back Alfred Morris left the game in the second half with a rib contusion, but coach Mike Shanahan said Morris did not suffer any breaks. Morris dressed slowly and was unable to talk afterward; he was on medication. Morris finished with 71 yards on 16 carries. Also, tight end Logan Paulsen left the locker room wearing a brace on his left knee.
Family affair: Running back Roy Helu picked a good time to have his best game of the season. Helu grew up in Danville, Calif., and had 50 family members and friends in attendance. Helu was not on the hook for all those tickets, though he did buy a handful. Helu gave them a highlight when he hurdled a Raiders defender after a catch. “I just went for it,” Helu said.
Big time: David Amerson's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown cut the deficit to 14-10 and was a game-changing play. It was his first career interception. “It was like a dream come true,” Amerson said. “To get your first interception in the league and have it be a pick-six, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”