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Turnover on offensive line, too


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Nineteen-year NFL veteran Ray Brown was the Redskins' surprise starter at right tackle Sunday against the New York Giants. Kenyatta Jones has started four preseason games and one regular-season contest since Jon Jansen was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Brown, 41, was signed as a backup following Jansen's injury. He started all 16 games for Detroit the last two seasons at guard.

Jones did not play a snap and coach Joe Gibbs said, "Kenyatta had a fat (injured) ankle and Ray has worked a lot at right tackle, so we decided at the last minute to start Ray."

Jones told a slightly different story in the locker room following the Redskins' 20-14 defeat.

"I was cool," he said. "I was dressed, so I was good enough to play. It was definitely a coach's decision. There's nothing I can say when they made that decision."

Going against Giants Pro Bowler Michael Strahan, Brown - with help from tight ends and H-backs - performed well. Strahan was limited to five tackles and no quarterback pressures.

"I've been playing a little bit everywhere along the line of scrimmage because you never know when you're going to get called upon," Brown said. "Kenyatta wasn't able to get a lot of snaps in practice, and I was able to get some work on Thursday and Friday. I had some problems (early) because it was the first time in awhile I was at game speed at tackle. I did some things well and did some things that I know I have to work on."


Six quarters into the season, the Redskins' defense allowed its first touchdown of the season, a Tim Carter 38-yard catch that was set up by a fumble by quarterback Mark Brunell. For the game, the defense allowed only 62 rushing yards.

But ...

"At some point we had to come up with a turnover, and we didn't," defensive end Renaldo Wynn said. "We have to make sure we come up with turnovers and loose footballs, too. They did and we didn't. ... You always want to put your offense into a better situation and give them great opportunities when they get back on the field."

The Giants missed on their first 13 third-down chances, but their only conversion was the biggest - an 11-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Amani Toomer on third-and-9 with less than four minutes remaining. When the Redskins got the ball back, there was only 2:11 remaining.

Outside linebacker Marcus Washington led the Redskins with 12 tackles. Antonio Pierce made nine stops.


Warner won his first start since the January 2002 NFC championship game against Philadelphia. He had lost his last nine starts.

Warner completed his first 11 passes against the Redskins and finished 22-of-33 for 232 yards and one touchdown. His only fumble came on the game's third play when he was sacked by Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs. Tiki Barber recovered.

"It always feels good to win and it really doesn't feel as long as it has been," he said.

Said Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "We won the game and that's the number one thing the quarterback has to do: Be a leader, win the game, and he certainly did that."


The Redskins did not release a postgame injury report, but in addition to Brunell's left hamstring, defensive end Phillip Daniels injured a groin that forced him to leave the game twice, and kicker John Hall was hobbled throughout the game with a hamstring injury.

The Giants' seven forced turnovers was their highest takeaway total since seven against the Redskins on Dec. 7, 1986.

Rookie free safety Sean Taylor did not start the game and played sparingly in the first half. He played extensively in the second half, though it was when strong safety Matt Bowen was benched and Andre Lott moved to his position.

Linebacker LaVar Arrington, listed as questionable because of an injured left knee, started and played the entire game, recording seven tackles and one pass deflection.

Gibbs fell to 13-12 against the Giants and 7-6 at Giants Stadium.

Inactives for the Redskins were running back Rock Cartwright, linebackers Mike Barrow and Devin Lemons, offensive lineman Mark Wilson, H-back Brian Kozlowski, receiver Darnerien McCants and defensive lineman Demetric Evans. The Giants were without outside linebacker Carlos Emmons.

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I thought Brown would make a difference on this team in 2004. He seems to have been shunned around the NFL strictly because of his age.

When you see 33 year old Tom Nutten starting in St. Louis after being recalled from retirement and David Loverne starting in Detroit, you have to question the decision-making of GMs that passed on Brown, who is in impeccable shape.

Kenyatta Jones is a good run blocker but evidently is enough of a liability in the passing game to cause the staff some concerns when facing a top two way end like Strahan.

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