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Kerrigan is off to a blazing start in his NFL career, earning Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in September.

He has 12 solo tackles, six assists, and 2 1/2 sacks in the first four games.

“I think we’ve been doing a real good job,” said nose tackle Chris Neild. “We’re really trying to collapse the pocket, whether that means our regular base defense or nickel, it’s something I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job of.”

Defensive end Stephen Bowen believes the team’s success will continue, as long as they can keep the opposing quarterback off-balance.

“We were just able to confuse them with some of our stunts and they weren’t passing things off, so we were able to get penetration,” Bowen said. “It worked.”

NOTES: The Redskins on Wednesday released defensive back Brandyn Thompson to open a roster spot for the reinstatement of cornerback Phillip Buchanon, whose four-game suspension ended.

• Rookie Niles Paul said on Twitter he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams punt returner Austin Pettis.

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