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Redskins’ Zorn unsure who will start at QB

- The Washington Times - Monday, October 19, 2009

Jim Zorn will take advantage of the extra day of preparation before the Washington Redskins' next game to make a decision on his starting quarterback.

Zorn replaced Jason Campbell at halftime of Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with Todd Collins, who also struggled after his first pass went for a 42-yard gain to Santana Moss.

But Collins was unable to get the Redskins into the end zone, leaving Zorn with enough doubt that he wouldn't announce a starter for the Oct. 26 home game against Philadelphia.

"I'm going to evaluate what's going on," Zorn said. "I still have confidence in what Jason can do. To me, he was just not comfortable in the pocket and some of the things going on down the field. He wasn't getting the ball downfield the way I thought he should."

It was the first time in Campbell's 42 starts that he was removed for performance. He did not address reporters after the game.

Campbell was 9-for-16 for 89 yards and one interception.

First-half follies

Fullback Mike Sellers summed up the Redskins' miserable end to Sunday's first half.

"I don't think anything has been smooth for us the whole season," he said.

The latest was squandering a prime scoring opportunity -- ball on the Kansas City 46 with 60 seconds and one timeout remaining.

The Redskins started at their own 12 with 2:15 remaining and all three timeouts. The Redskins moved to their own 45 before calling the first timeout with 1:20 left in the half.

The second timeout was called at the one-minute mark following a 7-yard pass to Chris Cooley.

On third down, Clinton Portis ran 2 yards on third-and-1 to give the Redskins a new set of downs. But after the play, no timeout was called, and Campbell didn't spike the ball.

Instead, nearly 30 seconds were wasted on the next play -- a 4-yard pass to Portis. The final timeout was used at the 24-second mark. Three plays later, from the Kansas City 36, Campbell heaved a pass to the goal line that was intercepted.

"I tried to use the timeouts as best as we could, and we got caught a little bit," Zorn said. "Time kept running, and I got caught without a timeout."

Portis' weird day

Clinton Portis had carried the ball 2,155 times in his career through the first half on Sunday and had never run for more than 65 yards on any of them. He had managed just 21 yards on 10 carries before heading to the locker room just before halftime with a sprained ankle that kept him on the bench for the first series of the third quarter.

But then Portis returned and suddenly burst through the right side of the Kansas City defense, picked up blocks from center Casey Rabach and fullback Mike Sellers and raced 78 yards to the Kansas City 10-yard line for the longest run of his eight seasons.

Portis ended a string of 10 straight games under 100 yards by finishing with 109 on 15 carries.

Ailing Griffin, Daniels survive

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin started after missing the Carolina game with a sprained left elbow. Griffin, who took a painkilling shot before the game, left briefly but returned and said he was fine and would play next week against Philadelphia.

Defensive tackle Phillip Daniels, who started despite tearing his right biceps on the final drive last week, said he held up OK.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh left with a stinger but returned and said afterward that he was fine.

Extra points

Right guard Will Montgomery wasn't the only member of the offense to make his first start of the season on Sunday. Devin Thomas replaced Malcolm Kelly at receiver. Neither wound up with a catch. ...

Glenn Pakulak, filling in for injured punter Hunter Smith (groin), had his sixth punt Sunday blocked by Kansas City's Demorrio Williams, who burst through the middle of Washington's wall of blockers.