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News & Notes: Campbell, QBs Gets High Marks

In his first action since Dec. 6 of last year, Jason Campbell played two offensive series in Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game and was perfect on all of his throws.

He was 5-for-5 for 61 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Antwaan Randle El on the Redskins' opening series.

Campbell saw Randle El running a crossing pattern to the left side of the end zone. Randle El was wide open and caught Campbell's pass for a touchdown.

Both Campbell and Randle El gave Santana Moss credit on the play.

"Randle El ran a good route, but it was opened up by Santana running a great post route and being in position," Campbell said. "The offensive line did a great job of protection. I just had to step up in the pocket and give him an accurate throw."

Added Randle El: "Great job by Santana taking the corner and safety out of the play. Great blocking up front and Jason threw a dart."

The Redskins' second offensive drive was stymied after Campbell was sacked for a 7-yard loss by defensive linemen Raheem Brock and Josh Thomas.

But he still earned praise from Jim Zorn.

"I am very pleased with Jason," Zorn said. "I think he had poise in the pocket. I thought his tempo was good and his accuracy was pretty good."

Santana Moss caught two passes for 22 yards and Chris Cooley hauled in two passes for 19 yards with Campbell at quarterback.

It was a good night for all of the Redskins quarterbacks. Overall, Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan and Derek Devine were a combined 19-of-22 for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Collins was 5-of-6 for 32 yards. Brennan was 9-of-10 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Brennan, in his first NFL action, started the second half for the Redskins. He was impressive guiding the offense downfield, converting a 3rd-and-7 by throwing a 34-yard pass to Billy McMullen.

Brennan capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Mann in the left corner of the end zone. Mann made a diving grab to pull in the pass one step ahead of a defender.

In the fourth quarter, Brennan led a 15-play, 88-yard drive that resulted in another touchdown.

On a 3rd-and-4 at the Colts' 5-yard line, Brennan rolled right and waited for a receiver to get open. He saw Mason at the goal line and threw a quick pass. Mason pulled it in and broke a tackle, turning into the end zone for the score.


Chris Samuels was in the starting lineup for Sunday night's Hall of Fame game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The announcement came as a mild surprise. Samuels had been limited in practice most of training camp as he returned from a minor elbow injury.

Last week, Samuels began to increase his practice workload, but Stephon Heyer continued to take the bulk of reps at left tackle.

Samuels was expected to play just a handful of snaps in the contest, the first of five preseason games the Redskins will play in August.

Earlier on Sunday, Samuels met with reporters at the team hotel.

"I'm feeling great, actually," the five-time Pro Bowler said. "I had the elbow surgery a little over a month ago. Now I think I'm to the point where I've been practicing since last Tuesday, and everything is going well.

"Right on course, feeling good."


Linebacker Rocky McIntosh did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio for the game. He has gradually increased his workload in training camp as he returns from a knee ligament injury.

"We're just trying to decide when to get the reps for him in competitive situations," Jim Zorn said. "Right now, we're holding back. He's getting better, though."

Zorn said he likes the skills that McIntosh brings to the linebacker position.

"I really like the way he runs," Zorn said. "He has good vision and he blocks well, too. He takes pride in his assignment. I've heard that he's an excellent special teams player as well. I'm looking forward to seeing him on the field a lot this year."


With Jason Taylor and Andre Carter both sitting out the Hall of Fame Game, rookie Rob Jackson earned a start opposite Demetric Evans at defensive end.

Jackson made an impact early. In the first quarter, he swiped a block by tight end Gijon Robinson and chased down quarterback Jim Sorgi for a 6-yard loss.

In the third quarter, Jackson broke free and sacked quarterback Quinn Gray. However, he was flagged for an off-sides penalty and the sack was nullified.

Jackson was the Redskins' seventh-round draft pick in last April's NFL Draft.


The Redskins reported two injuries after the game, both to reserve offensive linemen.

Todd Wade suffered a sprained ankle in the second half and left the game. He was wearing a protective walking boot on his ankle as he left Fawcett Stadium.

Stephon Heyer had a mild right knee sprain. He also left the game and did not return.

The team will update the status of Wade and Heyer on Monday.

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