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Quick Hits: Ryan Kerrigan, Brandon Banks, Niles Paul’s Toe And Homecomings

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – A few leftover notes from the Washington Redskins’ 19-11 loss to San Francisco on Sunday:

  • Ryan Kerrigan had six tackles, including two for a loss and one a seven-yard sack of San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith on the 49ers’ first possession. Smith starting moving to his left, unable to find a receiver, when the rookie linebacker hit him from behind.“I mean, it was really good coverage in the back half and made him hold the ball longer than he wanted to,” Kerrigan said. “It was just pursue.”

    Brian Orakpo had the team’s other sack, dropping Smith for a five-yard loss with 4:53 left in the third quarter.

  • Brandon Banks continued to struggle in the return game, muffing the punt but later recovering the fumbles. He did so the first time with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter, attempting to take it back from the Washington 3-yard line, and then did so again with 4:06 remaining in the game – one he came much closer to losing.“Every time he touches the ball, he wants to make a big play,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “Sometimes he’s got to really think about the decisions he makes because you can’t fumble the ball on the 3-yard line and you can’t turn the football over on a punt return.”
  • Oshiomogho Atogwe did not play, sidelined because of lingering knee and toe injuries. He was replaced in the lineup by Reed Doughy, who had 11 tackles. Receiver Santana Moss (broken left hand) and running back Tashard Choice (hamstring) were also inactive, while receiver Donte Stallworth, linebacker Markus White, offensive tackle Willie Smith and defensive end Darrion Scott were healthy scratches.
  • Carlos Rogers, who played for the Redskins for the past six seasons, had just one tackle in his return. He signed a one-year contract with the 49ers in early August. “It was just something special to come back to this place,” Rogers said. “Fans still love me. I mean, some still talk a little junk on the sideline, but to get this win, I can’t ask for anything better right now.”
  • Receiver Niles Paul injured the big toe on his left foot but downplayed its seriousness after the game. He was the target of one pass, which he did not catch, and returned a kickoff 15 yards in the third quarter.
  • Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger, who played for the team from 1965-78 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, was honored in a halftime ceremony where he was presented with his hall of fame ring. Hanburger was one of several dozen players honored for the team’s “Homecoming” celebration.