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Despite their fourth-quarter heroics against Dallas, the Redskins haven't shown much firepower in their first two games. And the principals know it.

Date published: 9/29/2005


Only eight teams have been sacked more often than the Redskins, and six of those teams have played three games this year.

"Those were very good defensive teams we were going against," coach Joe Gibbs said, "but at the same time we need to step it up on our pass protection because that's a big deal for us."

On the ground, the Redskins are simply looking for the end zone. Through two games, they've yet to score a rushing touchdown. Dating back to last season, they have just one rushing touchdown in their last five games.

"We're really starting to feel that on the line right now," tackle Chris Samuels said. "We want a touchdown, and we know how badly Clinton wants one."

So they'll continue to work. With a 2-0 mark, no one is ready to sound an alarm. Still, there's a sense of uncertainty with this oft-sputtering offense.

"With the exception of the end of that Dallas game, we know we've struggled," Patten said. "Hopefully we can do better this week and also continue to win games."


Kicker John Hall continues to recover from the quadriceps injury that kept him out of the Sept. 19 game against the Cowboys. Hall has done limited kicking at practice this week, but has not set a timetable for his return. He says he doesn't expect to play until he's able to complete both field goals and kickoffs.

"I'm sick of this already," Hall said. "I just have to listen to my leg right now and not rush back too early."

Cornerback Walt Harris (calf) and safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) did not practice yesterday and are listed on the injury report as questionable. Tackle Jon Jansen (thumb), safety Sean Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (groin) practiced and are probable for Sunday's game.

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com

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