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“I thought it was horrible,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “That’s what I saw on the replay.”
“It just gets to a point even when we do get to [Brady] we don’t know if we can bring him down in a certain way,” Orakpo said. “The times we were getting there, we weren’t bringing Brady down because we didn’t want a call, a penalty.”
“I think it was a bad call,” Bowen said. “They’ve got to let people play. This is a violent game. People are going to get hit. If you’re not in it to get hit, what are you in it for? It’s part of the game.”
Banks takes to the air
When Brandon Banks finally got on the field for his first offensive snap of the season, he made a play with his left arm instead of his legs.
Banks took a reverse toward the left sideline on first-and-10 from the New England 49-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. When Patriots safety James Ihedigbo ran up to stop him, he launched a pass that receiver Santana Moss caught. Moss broke a tackle and scored to give Washington a 17-14 lead.
“When I let go, it kind of was a bad pass,” Banks said. “Then ‘Tana made an adjustment by coming in and catching the ball and breaking a tackle. It was a bad pass. It could’ve been better, but he made me look good.”
Banks, a 5-foot-7 return specialist, did not warm up his arm before the game so as not to give away the play. He also didn’t take his gloves off.
“I can’t throw without the gloves,” he said. “They give me a little extra grip. My hands ain’t but so big.”
Turf conditions steam team
Tackle Jammal Brown believed field conditions contributed to the left groin injury he aggravated during pregame warm-ups.
“I slipped a little bit as I was doing my drills, got overextended,” said Brown, who did not play as a result. “That field out there wasn’t too good. I went to go right. When I went to push off this [left] leg, I put all my weight on it and it slipped out from under me. I kind of almost did the splits.”
Orakpo called the field “messed up” and the “worst I’ve ever played on in my life.”
Cook, Torain inactive
Running back Ryan Torain wasn’t active, either. Torain fell out of the backfield rotation with Roy Helu’s emergence and additional work for Evan Royster after his elevation from the practice squad. Torain, who led the Redskins in rushing last season, hasn’t recorded a carry since Nov. 20 against the Dallas Cowboys.
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