Rookie defensive tackle Kedric Golston earned his first NFL start on Sunday against the Houston Texans, replacing injured starter Joe Salave'a in the lineup.
Salave'a was among the Redskins' inactive players for Sunday's game. He had been hampered with a calf injury, suffered in the Week 2 game at Dallas, and missed three days of practice last week.
Golston turned in a solid performance, logging two tackles, a half-sack, a quarterback pressure and a fumble recovery in the Redskins' 31-15 win. He was credited with the half-sack of David Carr, but it was more of a group effort led by linebackers Lemar Marshall, Warrick Holdman and Marcus Washington.
Golston helped stymie a Texans' second-half drive when he pounced on a Carr fumble that was forced by Washington. The turnover helped set up the Redskins' final score of the game, a 46-yard field goal by John Hall.
Golston was the Redskins' sixth-round draft pick last April. The Georgia product has shown strides in the early going of the 2006 campaign, seeing action as part of a defensive tackle rotation.
"[Golston] has done very well," assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said last week. "He has improved. We are going to have to go through some learning experiences with him. As he feels more comfortable, you will see him make more plays. He is a powerful body inside. We need those young legs and that powerful body inside."
For the season, Golston has recorded eight tackles (five solo), a half-sack, one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
As expected, cornerback Shawn Springs was also among players declared inactive. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Kenny Wright for the third consecutive week.
The Redskins' complete list of inactive players was as follows: safety Reed Doughty, Springs, running back T.J. Duckett, offensive linemen Mike Pucillo and Jim Molinaro and defensive linemen Ryan Boschetti and Salave'a.
Head coach Joe Gibbs said the team reluctantly deactivated Duckett because the team wanted to go with an extra tight end in the game. The Redskins opted to go with three tight ends in the game, so the team activated Todd Yoder and deactivated Duckett.
-- A WIN IN BURGUNDY
#### -- INJURY FREE? ALMOST
The Redskins emerged from the Texans game with only bumps and bruises.
Quarterback Mark Brunell sustained a laceration on the elbow of his throwing arm during the game. The elbow was wrapped up on the sidelines and he continued to play the game.
The injury is not considered serious, but his status for practice this week will be updated on Monday.
Defensive end Andre Carter was poked in the eye in the first half, but he returned to the game.