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Thrash Gives Eagles Fits In First Half


All last week, the Redskins heard about how their wide receivers had not caught a touchdown pass this season.

Leave it to veteran wide receiver James Thrash to end the trend.

In Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField, Thrash led the offense with five catches for 85 yards and two touchdown catches, both in the first half.

Thrash's performance ended in the fourth quarter when he suffered a high ankle sprain blocking on a kickoff return.

Head coach Joe Gibbs called the injury a "concern." Thrash will undergo an MRI and his status will be updated on Monday.

With Santana Moss sidelined with a heel injury, Thrash drew a start on Sunday.

Early in the second quarter, Thrash ended the wide receiver touchdown drought.

Facing a 3rd-and-goal at the Eagles' 4-yard line, Jason Campbell rolled right and saw Thrash open in the back corner of the end zone. Campbell lobbed the pass over an Eagles defender and Thrash caught the pass for the touchdown.

On the Redskins' next drive, Thrash continued to give the Eagles' defense trouble.

First, Thrash grabbed a 31-yard sideline pass from Campbell to the Redskins' 46-yard line. Later, Thrash ran the same route and caught another 31-yard pass to the Eagles' 11-yard line.

One play later, Campbell found Thrash running a crossing route in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The score gave the Redskins a 12-7 lead heading into halftime.

Thrash put an exclamation point on a remarkable first-half when he raced downfield on punt coverage and tackled returner Reno Mahe for no gain.

Thrash, an 11-year-veteran, entered Sunday's game with just three catches for 16 yards. He played for the Eagles from 2001-03.

"No one can think more highly someone than I do of James Thrash," Gibbs said. "Santana couldn't go. James always steps into all kinds of roles. I would say if you throw a bunch of balls at James, he will catch a bunch. We have great confidence in him."

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