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Sellers provides some pop
Sellers shines for Redskins

 An all-around excellent game that included this first half score will likely mean more playing time for Mike Sellers.
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Date published: 10/9/2007

By ADAM HIMMELSBACH

LANDOVER, Md.--In box scores and in fantasy leagues, Mike Sellers will be remembered for his improbable two-touchdown effort in the Redskins' 34-3 win over the Detroit Lions.

But for the Redskins, the indelible image on Sunday was of Sellers shining the way only a 245-pound fullback can.

With 5 minutes, 11 seconds left in the second quarter, Sellers rumbled down the field on a pass play.

For a moment, he looked a bit out of place, like a piece of cake at a health-food store.

He was about 15 yards from the line of scrimmage, and that is an area often reserved for speedy wide receivers.

But Sellers swallowed a pass from quarterback Jason Campbell, and he quickly reclaimed a moment of comfort.

Lions safety Kenoy Kennedy ran toward Sellers, and Sellers ran toward Kennedy. It was 245 pounds against 215 pounds. It was steamroller against bug.

Sellers punished Kennedy with a crushing hit, and the 88,944 fans at FedEx Field gasped before they cheered.

"When he ran over Kenoy, that changed the defense's mentality, like, 'These dudes on this team are crazy,'" Redskins running back Clinton Portis said.

Sellers said he enjoyed pummeling the man who was sent to pummel him.

"I can still hit somebody [when I'm] running the ball," he said.

Sellers ended that drive differently but just as successfully as he started it.

On a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Campbell faked a handoff to Portis and gave the ball to Sellers, who plowed across the goal line for his first touchdown of the season.

In the fourth quarter, Sellers added his second touchdown when he caught an 8-yard pass from Campbell.

"Mike is probably one of the most underrated football players on the team--definitely on the offense," said associate head coach-offense Al Saunders. "He can run, he can catch, he can block with his hand on the ground or in the slot."

After the game, the Redskins coaches said Sellers could expect an expanded role in the offense in the coming weeks.

And that's saying something, because, despite his size, Sellers is already one of the most versatile players on this team.

He's a special teams standout. He's a punishing blocking fullback. His ability to line up at tight end has even allowed Chris Cooley to shift from tight end to wide receiver on certain plays.

"If you drew up a football player, Mike's what you'd draw up," Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs said. "He's one of the few guys I've ever seen that wants to run isolation plays against a linebacker."

And now, maybe he'll get more chances to tussle with opposing safeties, too.

"Whatever involves hitting somebody," Sellers said.

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com