At a time when most rookies, having played nearly an entire college season, would be hitting the wall and seeing a dip in their production, the Redskins Ryan Kerrigan had one of his best games Sunday against Miami.
The outside linebacker had six tackles and a season-high two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Through nine games, Kerrigan has five sacks, but has some work to do to catch teammate Brian Orakpos 11-sack rookie debut two years ago.
The first sack, there was good coverage in the secondary and they made Matt Moore hold onto the ball longer than he wanted to and I was able to get there, Kerrigan said after the 20-9 loss. The second one, I was just unblocked.
Kerrigan has shown an ability to get sacks with quick power moves, a stick-with-it rush and, of course, when he is somehow unaccounted for in protection.
We know hes an excellent player, coach Mike Shanahan said. Hes going to keep getting better and better. He brings a lot to the table.
Golston out this week
Defensive end Kedric Golston sustained a Grade 3 tear of the medial collateral ligament and a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear and has been ruled out for the Dallas game.
A Grade 3 tear is the most serious and is usually associated with a torn ACL.
Its just a partial, so right now there is a question mark exactly where hes at, said Shanahan, who later ruled Golston out.
Receiver Santana Moss (finger) will miss a fourth straight game, but Shanahan said he could play against Seattle the next week. Receiver Niles Paul (toe) and right tackle Jammal Brown (groin) are also question marks. Both missed the Miami game.
Of Brown, Shanahan said: I still think its a long shot.
The Redskins have until Wednesday to make a decision on safety Kareem Moore: Activate him, put him on injured reserve or cut him.
Brandon Banks finally made an impact with a 22-yard punt return. Not a long of hang time, and I thought we did a great job on our return team getting a few key blocks, Shanahan said. I thought he did a good job kind of stepping to the inside and making people think he was going to the middle and then he got to the outside.
Dallas is installed as 7.5-point favorites over the Redskins with an over-under of 42 points.
The Redskins last six-game losing streak was in 1998 when Norv Turners team rolled into the bye week with an 0-7 record (it finished 6-10).
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