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Redskins' O-Line Is Tested Again

Already hampered by a string of injuries, the Redskins' offensive line could not afford to lose another starter.

The worst-case scenario arrived on Sunday in Lambeau Field. Two more starters and a backup went down with injuries in the Redskins' 17-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Right tackle Todd Wade suffered a strained groin injury in the first half. He was replaced by rookie Stephon Heyer.

Early in the second half, center Casey Rabach suffered a strained groin as well. In came backup Mike Pucillo.

Rabach went into the locker room for further evaluation. He came back out later, but coaches opted to stick with Pucillo for the remainder of the game.

Late in the game, Heyer went down with a hamstring injury. He was able to put some weight on his leg as athletic trainers helped him off the field, but it was clear he could not continue to play.

All of a sudden, the Redskins were without a healthy replacement at right tackle.

Wade was forced back into the game, despite his groin injury, as the Redskins tried to mount a last-minute comeback. Wade finished out the final series at right tackle.

Guard Rick DeMulling was among the Redskins' inactive players, otherwise he would have been available to help out. The Redskins signed DeMulling last month.

The Redskins will update the status of Wade, Heyer and Rabach on Monday, team officials said.

It was the second time that Heyer had been called into a game this season. In Week 1 against Miami, Heyer stepped in at right tackle after Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

Along with Jansen, the offensive line is also without Randy Thomas, who suffered a triceps injury in Week 2 at Philadelphia.

Jason Fabini has manned the right guard spot as Thomas rehabs the injury. Thomas hopes to return late in the year to provide a boost to the injury-riddled offensive line.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, the Redskins could work out some veteran linemen this week and possibly sign a player to provide depth in the coming weeks.

Against the Packers, Jason Campbell was sacked three times. Two of the sacks came late in the game when the Redskins were forced to pass as they tried to mount a comeback.

Said Campbell: "It's tough [to lose linemen to injury] because you are trying to build chemistry with the guys around you. The guys up front are a big part of our offense.

"When you have a big game, you usually go back to look at the offensive line and you are able to tell that they had a great day. So losing those guys today hurt tremendously."


Linebacker Marcus Washington was among the inactive players for Sunday's game against Green Bay, but wide receiver Antwaan Randle El started and saw significant action.

Washington, slowed by a hamstring injury, entered the game listed as doubtful after missing practice last week. Washington was replaced in the starting lineup by 12-year veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey.

Godfrey made his first start of the season and recorded three tackles against the Packers. Last year, as a member of the San Diego Chargers, Godfrey started 13 games and recorded 58 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.

Randle El was out on Lambeau Field testing his injured hamstring during pre-game. He jogged and practiced route-running, cutting left and right. Listed as questionable, Randle El showed enough mobility to coaches and athletic trainers to be activated.

Randle El played the entire game and caught two passes for 30 yards. He also returned one punt for four yards.

The Redskins entered the game with four active wide receivers. Santana Moss and Randle El started and were backed up by Keenan McCardell and Brandon Lloyd. Reche Caldwell was inactive.

The Redskins' complete list of inactive players was as follows: cornerback David Macklin, Washington, defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, offensive linemen Rick DeMulling and Randy Thomas, tight end Cody Boyd and Caldwell.


It's hard to believe, but Keenan McCardell has played just one time at Lambeau Field in his 16-year career.

Sunday's game was his second, and he made the most of it by grabbing two second-half passes for 30 yards.

McCardell said prior to the game he was excited to play at the historic stadium.

"You can feel the history of the building," he said. "It was an unbelievable experience. Those types of stadiums should always get you ready to play. When you step in there, and you smell the green grass, you realize the [importance] of the stadium."


With Antwaan Randle El slowed by a hamstring injury, Brandon Lloyd had an opportunity for more playing time on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

He caught one pass that was nullified due to penalty. He also had an opportunity to grab a deep pass from Jason Campbell, but the ball was just out of reach.

Joe Gibbs reiterated last week that Lloyd would get his chances.

Lloyd has just one reception in five games this season as the primary backup to Randle El.

"What's hurt him the most is just missing time," Gibbs said. "[Two weeks ago], he missed couple days of practice [due to a shin injury]. It's risky when people miss practice. It's harder for them to play well.

"He's certainly going to have opportunities. We have injuries there and we need guys to step up and play well."

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