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Williams solid despite missed blocks

September 17, 2011 12:15 am

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BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN

--Kyle Shanahan knows how it looked on television when Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams was beaten for two sacks last Sunday against the New York Giants.

But the offensive coordinator pointed out that, in more than 60 other plays in the 28-14 season-opening victory, Williams was much more consistent.

"I mean, we passed a lot more times in the game than the ones he gave [up] sacks on, and he did good in those," Shanahan said.

Williams, plagued by injuries and a lack of focus last season, his first in the league, made a commitment to himself over the offseason to get into better shape and improve his footwork. Though the two fourth-quarter sacks were huge--and the second resulted in a fumble by quarterback Rex Grossman--their effect on the game was minimal. The Giants went three-and-out on the possession following the fumble.

That sack was the result of a miscommunication between Williams and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, Williams said.

"As an O-line, it stays with us, but it was really a protection issue than a him-beating-me [issue]," Williams said. "Anyone can go in there and not get blocked and go tackle the quarterback. We kind of messed up the production and we didn't really touch him."

INJURY UPDATE

Safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) and linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) were among eight players the Redskins listed as questionable to play against Arizona. Both were limited in practice yesterday, and when asked if he had a chance to play, Landry played coy.

"It's possible," he said. "We'll see what happens."

Orakpo, who played all but four snaps after sustaining the injury in the first quarter of last week's victory over the Giants, said simply participating in that game is no indication of his availability this week.

"Meds do a body wonders," Orakpo said. "I had the adrenaline going, and it's like basketball--you see a guy roll his ankle and he comes back in the game, but when the game's over, he's like, 'Aah!' and hurting.

"When I woke up Monday, obviously, when you roll something or you hurt anything, it's going to have problems, the next problem with soreness and things like that. But it's gotten better as the week went on."

Kick returner Brandon Banks (left knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (back), tight ends Chris Cooley (left knee) and Logan Paulsen (hamstring), receiver Donte Stallworth (shoulder) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (hand) were also listed as questionable, though all participated fully. Linebacker Keyaron Fox (back) was limited in practice but was listed as probable.

As for Arizona, starting linebacker Daryl Washington, who injured his calf late in the fourth quarter of a victory over Carolina last Sunday, is listed as questionable, as are backup running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand) and receiver DeMarco Sampson (hamstring). Linebacker Joey Porter (knee) is probable, as is punter Dave Zastudil (calf), while cornerback Crezdon Butler (ankle) and tight end Jim Dray (pectoral) are out.

EXTRA POINTS

Tim Hightower played all but two of the Redskins' offensive plays against the Giants and had all but one carry, with rookie Roy Helu taking the other. That left Ryan Torain, the team's leading rusher from a year ago, as the odd man out. Torain, recovering from a broken left hand sustained early in training camp, did not play at all. "It's just situational," Kyle Shanahan said. "It will be different every week. It usually comes up from a schematic standpoint. Sometimes it's an injury standpoint, but all those things play into it."

New York Giants cornerback Antrel Rolle was fined $20,000 by the league yesterday for spearing Redskins tight end Fred Davis during the team's season opener. Davis had to slide to catch a 7-yard pass thrown by quarterback Rex Grossman on third-and-9 with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter when Rolle drove his helmet into Davis' midsection. The 15-yard penalty kept the Redskins' drive alive, and the team scored its final touchdown three minutes later when Grossman found Jabar Gaffney on a 4-yard pass.

Zac Boyer: 540/374-5440
Email: zboyer@freelancestar.com





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