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Gibbs: Ramsey Could See Action

With Mark Brunell's status uncertain due to a hamstring injury, head coach Joe Gibbs said Patrick Ramsey could see action in next Monday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"We have to see how everything goes with Mark, but if you had to guess right now, Patrick is going to be playing a lot this weekend," Gibbs said.

Brunell suffered the hamstring injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 20-14 loss to the New York Giants. His status will be determined later this week.

In the game, Brunell was 10-of-18 for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Ramsey came in for Brunell and finished the game, going 9-of-18 for 142 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Ramsey entered the game with the Redskins trailing 20-7. He led the offense to one touchdown, completing a 13-yard pass to Clinton Portis in the back of the end zone.

Of Ramsey, Gibbs said: "I think Patrick has everything, but he just has to continue to work. I don't think you will find anybody tougher or with a better arm, and I think he is smart. But if we could have just been smarter with the ball, we would have had a real good chance to win the game. We have to all play better to win, including Patrick."

Gibbs said the offense played with solid effort, but too many mistakes doomed the Redskins' comeback attempt. He also suggested that there were some important lessons to be learned from the game.

"Offensively, we played hard," he said. "But mentally you can't play like that and you can't make those kinds of mistakes. We are so inconsistent that we make a real good play and we'll come right back and throw the ball someplace where we just can't throw it. We fumbled the ball and turned it over.

"We have to understand that somehow we have to play smarter than that. Really, we have to work extremely hard in practice because we are getting the ball away from us and turning it over."

Gibbs praised the play of the defense. He rarely cites players for standout performances, preferring the team concept, but on Monday he cited Marcus Washington, Cornelius Griffin, Antonio Pierce, Ryan Clark and Sean Taylor with standout performances.

"Our guys kept swinging," he said. "That is the thing about our football team. We played hard about all the way into the fourth quarter. We were a couple of times two or three feet away from getting away on a play that could have made a difference in the game. I would say we were real inconsistent on offense, turned the ball over, and did not play smart. We had some heroic efforts out there and guys played their hearts out."

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