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News & Notes: Santana Moss, Niles Paul Each Try Returning
LANDOVER, Md. – Santana Moss returned two punts for 24 yards in the Washington Redskins’ 30-17 preseason victory over Indianapolis on Saturday, marking the first time the receiver has returned a punt since late in the 2009 season.
“I’ve been messing around with [head coach Mike Shanahan] in practice, letting him know I’m always willing,” Moss said. “I’ve been talking about it all OTAs, especially since I lost all that weight. I felt like I can run again, you know what I mean? It ain’t like I wasn’t running before, but it’s a lot more easier, so I feel like my old self.”
Brandon Banks, the team’s regular return specialist, only played in the second half. He returned one punt for four yards in the third quarter and returned two kickoffs for a combined 42 yards.
Tight end Niles Paul returned the opening attempt 42 yards for the Redskins, while cornerback Richard Crawford was back to return a fourth-quarter kickoff that went for a touchback.
Receiver Aldrick Robinson was originally back deep to return that kickoff, but Washington expected an onside kick – which Indianapolis tried – and called a timeout just before the play began.
* Fred Davis caught two passes and Chris Cooley one – the first of the preseason for each player. Anthony Armstrong, who missed all but one play in the first two preseason games, had one catch for 15 yards.
* Linebacker Chris Wilson sacked Chandler Harnish for a safety in the third quarter. The Redskins last had a safety in the regular season in 2007, when Kedric Golston tackled Tony Richardson in the end zone.
* Nose tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Rob Jackson sustained elbow and ankle injuries, respectively, but each player returned to the game.
* The Redskins improve to 11-2 against Indianapolis in the preseason, including victories in the last six games, and haven’t lost to the Colts in the preseason since 1976.