Brunell leaves in third quarter with sprained knee

LANDOVER, Md. -- Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell left Saturday's game against the Giants with a sprained knee, and New York middle linebacker Chase Blackburn was carted off the field and taken for X-rays after spraining his neck.

Brunell was hurt when he was sacked on Washington's first possession of the third quarter. Patrick Ramsey replaced him on Washington's next drive and threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. The team said Brunell's return was questionable.

Brunell, who threw two touchdown passes in the first half, was hurt when he was hit for a 9-yard loss on third down by linebacker Nick Greisen.

Ramsey began the season as the Redskins' starting quarterback, but he was replaced by Brunell in the first half against Chicago in Week 1 after getting hurt.

Blackburn was hurt making a helmet-first tackle on H-back Chris Cooley later in the third quarter. Blackburn gave a thumbs up as he was driven away.

An undrafted rookie, Blackburn started against Washington in place of injured middle linebacker Antonio Pierce and scored on a 31-yard interception return in the first quarter.

Also, Redskins linebacker Chris Clemons left the game in the first half after injuring a knee on special teams.