Redskins rewind: Williams, Fletcher soldier on

Redskins rewind: Williams, Fletcher soldier on
December 10, 2012, 11:45 am

It’s Monday, so it’s time to take a look back at Friday’s storylines and examine how they played out at FedEx Field, where the Redskins earned a fourth straight victory, 31-28 in overtime, against the Ravens on Sunday.

1—Injuries to key starters Trent Williams, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall.

Williams, who has been battling a deep thigh bruise since Thanksgiving, didn’t get in a full practice all week and appeared quite uncomfortable during pregame warmups. But the third-year tackle didn’t miss a snap (again).

“However long we’re playing, it’s going to hurt,” Williams said afterward.

The Williams-led line yielded three sacks (for 24 yards) and eight hits on Robert Griffin III, but the unit also paved the way for 172 rushing yards.

Fletcher, meantime, extended his consecutive games streak to 237, despite virtually no practice during the week because of a lingering ankle sprain. The 37-year-old did not miss a snap, recorded nine tackles (second to Perry Riley’s 15) and also picked off Joe Flacco at the Redskins’ 11-yard line in the third quarter.

Hall, though, admittedly did not have one of his best games in coverage. Also dealing with a sprained ankle that had him in a boot earlier in the week, Hall did not miss a snap and recorded seven tackles (third most). But he also was covering Ravens’ wide receiver Anquan Boldin on both of Boldin’s first half touchdowns.

“We blew some things – myself included,” Hall said. “We just have to be better. It’s a lot easier to correct those things after wins.”

2—The Redskins could have set a franchise record for games in a season without a turnover. But they were denied a sixth shutout when Alfred Morris fumbled for the second time in as many weeks.

Despite a heavy workload, the rookie has taken good care of the ball, having turned the ball over only three times in 13 games. Sunday’s was a costly one. Morris had two hands on the ball when Ma’ake Kemoeatu tackled him, jarring it loose deep in Washington’s end. Three plays later, Flacco found Dennis Pitta for a 14-yard touchdown that put the Ravens ahead 21-14.

But, as usual, the good far outweighed the bad with Morris. He finished with third consecutive game of more than 100 yards rushing (122) and scored his seventh touchdown.

3—With Cedric Griffin serving the first game of a four-contest suspension, D.J. Johnson stepped into the role of third cornerback behind Hall and Josh Wilson. Johnson played 21 snaps (35-percent) on defense and made two tackles on first quarter drive that resulted in a Ravens’ punt.

And while Johnson didn’t appear to make any glaring miscues, he also was not used as much as Griffin had been in recent games. Rookie Richard Crawford also played one snap at corner after being inactive the previous five weeks.

Overall, Jim Haslett’s unit yielded a season-high 186 rushing yards and a season-low 173 passing yards.