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Theismann: Niles Paul injury brings back 'such memories'

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Theismann: Niles Paul injury brings back 'such memories'

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, providing color commentary for Thursday night's Redskins-Browns preseason game on CSN, struck a somber tone when viewing the replay of an ankle injury to Washington tight end Niles Paul.

As the replay rolled, Paul (84) was shown falling to the ground with a defender approaching his leg.

(Screenshot via CSN Mid-Atlantic)

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"Look to the right part of your screen, No. 84," Theismann said. "He gets his leg rolled over and, oh my goodness, such memories that brings back, having his foot planted and then all of a sudden gets it taken out and you only hope it's not as bad as it looks."

Theismann suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history in 1985, when he suffered a compound fracture of his leg after being sacked against the New York Giants. The injury ended Theismann's playing career.

Paul left the field Thursday on a cart with an air cast wrapped around his leg. He was ruled out for the game with an ankle injury.

(Screenshot via CSN Mid-Atlantic)

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It was ugly and boring, but the Redskins won a wild and important game in Jacksonville

It was ugly and boring, but the Redskins won a wild and important game in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE -- The Redskins played one of the ugliest games of the NFL season on Sunday, but they got an extremely important win, and in the end, that's all that matters. 

Across the league, offenses are getting more inventive and creating new ways to move the football through the air. That didn't happen in Jacksonville.

What did happen was a gutty performance from fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson, a great pass rush, and an opportunistic defense combined to grind out a victory. 

The team overcame some mistakes and proved they will still play for head coach Jay Gruden. There's a lot to unpack, let's dive in. 

1. Not Too Bad:

Josh Johnson played well on Sunday, finishing with 151 passing yards and completing 16 of 25 passes. He connected with Jeremy Sprinkle for a late touchdown to tie the game, and never made the kind of killer mistakes that often bury a team playing backup QBs. 

2. Beast Mode: 

The Redskins defensive front played a monster game, sacking Jags QB Cody Kessler six times. Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen each logged two sacks on Kessler, and Kerrigan moved into second place all-time on the Redskins sack list. Now with 82.5 sacks, Kerrigan trails only Dexter Manley on the Washington franchise list. The defense also limited the Jags to under 200 yards of total offense. 

3. Secret Formula:

The formula for the Redskins when they got out to a 6-3 start was fairly simple; control time of possession and win the turnover battle. That worked on Sunday. The Redskins won the clock battle and forced two turnovers from Kessler. The late interception from Fabian Moreau was a huge play for the Redskins, as it kept the Jags from a field goal attempt when the game was tied at 13 with less than five minutes remaining. Then a good drive from Johnson led to the game-winning 36-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins. 

4. The Curse Continues:

Penalties have been killing the Redskins for weeks, and Sunday's game was no different. The team finished with six penalties for 48 yards, and on a number of first down plays, flags brought the gains back. Morgan Moses added to his league-leading penalty total, a title that nobody wants. The Redskins offensive line is a mess due to injuries, playing their 10th guard of the season, but still, the pace of penalties demands attention and correction. 

5. Not so Special:

 The Redskins defense didn't give up any touchdowns, but the Redskins special teams did. Late in the first half, Maurice Harris got the mistake train rolling when he tried to field a punt with the sun directly in his eyes. Rather than just letting the ball go, Harris attempted a backward over-the-shoulder catch. It didn't work. He muffed the punt and had to retreat about 10 yards to fall on the football. From there, the offense went 3-and-out and had to punt. Then that punt got returned for a touchdown, with a remarkable missed tackle from Byron Marshall. Seriously watch this. 

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Ryan Kerrigan moves to second on Redskins all-time sacks list against Jacksonville

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Ryan Kerrigan moves to second on Redskins all-time sacks list against Jacksonville

Move over Charles Mann, there is a new placeholder for second place on the Washington Redskins all-time sacks list. 

Ryan Kerrigan collected two sacks against the inept Jacksonville Jaguars offense in Week 15. Kerrigan, 30, now has 82.5 sacks in 126 games throughout his career. 

Mann ended his playing career with 82 career sacks playing from 1983 to 1993. 

The only person left for Kerrigan to pass is Dexter Manley who had 91 in nine seasons in Washington.

REDSKINS ALL-TIME CAREER SACKS LIST:
1. Dexter Manley        91.0
2. Ryan Kerrigan       82.5
3. Charles Mann         80.5
4. Monte Coleman     43.5
5. Ken Harvey             41.5

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