Redskins notes: Williams injures MCL

Redskins notes: Williams injures MCL
November 20, 2011, 11:38 pm
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Already beset by injuries, the Redskins offensive line could be without left tackle Trent Williams, who sustained an MCL injury in his left knee late in the 27-24 overtime loss Sunday.

Williams was on the field during Graham Ganos 52-yard field goal when a Dallas player was blocked into the side of his knee. He walked gingerly off the field and to the locker room.

Trainer Larry Hess told me it was an MCL; didnt look very good, coach Mike Shanahan said. He looked quite sore.

Immediately after the game, Williams sat at his locker but did not yet have ice applied to the knee. He will likely have an MRI on Monday.

I dont remember hearing a pop, he said. Sometimes a sprain hurts worse than a tear. I dont know the severity of it yet.

The Redskins started their fourth different offensive line combination in as many games when newly-signed Tyler Polumbus started at left guard for an injured Maurice Hurt.

I had a week of practice there at guard and I certainly wish I had a few plays back, Polumbus said. We got some good special teams plays that got us good field position and we were able to capitalize on that and get going.

Will Montgomery remained at guard and right tackle Jammal Brown (groin) played the entire game and missing last week.

Hes pretty tough, Shanahan said of Brown. He said he would probably last through the game and he was right. To watch him practice this week and then see him go and play, its really a credit to him.

Dallas sacked quarterback Rex Grossman three times, but the Redskins broke 20 points for the first time in nine weeks.

Banks Flashes Finally
In a season-long slump, Redskins return man Brandon Banks finally busted out with his best game of the season.

Banks averaged 32.3 yards on three punt returns (career-best of 55 yards) and averaged 23.3 yards on four kickoff returns.

Banks set up a second-quarter touchdown with a 32-yard return to the Dallas 43. His 55-yard return was wasted when Graham Gano was wide right from 49 yards.

Ive been frustrated because I feel like any time I touch the ball, I can go the distance, Banks said.

Said Shanahan: I thought Brandon did a good job, gave us good field position and if you give him an opportunity, he has a chance to make some big plays.

More Injuries
Besides Williams, cornerback Josh Wilson (hamstring) was unable to finish the game, safety DeJon Gomes (knee) played hobbled and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (leg) was worked on during the first half but didnt miss a snap.

Wilson was replaced by Byron Westbrook.

It was uncomfortable and they just wanted to make sure I wasnt putting the defense in a bad position, Wilson said.

Linebacker London Fletcher left the locker room with a walking boot on his left ankle.

More Third Down Woes
Fifth in the league on third down entering the Miami game, the Redskins have allowed the Dolphins and Cowboys to combine for 16-of-31 work.

Dallas was 8-for-17, including Tony Romos 26-yard pass to Dez Bryant on third-and-15 in overtime. The Cowboys won three plays later.

That was disappointing because its something were good at, linebacker Brian Orakpo said.

Choice Debuts
Running back Tashard Choice made his Redskins debut three weeks after being claimed off waivers from Dallas. He carried six times for seven yards and caught one pass for two yards.

They got trust in me, Choice said. Im going to start making sure I make things happen. When you get a little chance and some opportunities, you have to make the beset of them.

Containing Murray
Dallas rookie DeMarco Murray entered with three 130-yard games in the last four weeks but was held in check by the Redskins. He carried 25 times for 73 yards (2.9 average).

Just reading your keys and playing disciplined on defense nothing special that we did differently this game as opposed to last game, Fletcher said. We just played our stuff better.

Quick Kicks
Four players had double-digit tackles for the Redskins: Fletcher (16), DeJon Gomes (13), DeAngelo Hall (11) and Perry Riley (10).

Credited with sacks were Fletcher, Kerrigan and Stephen Bowen (one apiece) and Adam Carriker and Chris Neild split a sack.

Grossman started his career playing in the Chicago-Green Bay rivalry and Sunday was his third straight (all losses) against Dallas. Being in this Redskins-Cowboys rivalry game, Im disappointed we didnt get a victory but I enjoyed myself. It was a very interesting time. Playing in this rivalry, it is the best in the NFL.

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