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Doughty is an NFL survivor. He’ll start in place of the injured Landry on Sunday with a distinction he never thought he’d hold: He’s one of the three longest-tenured players on the Redskins‘ defense. Not bad for a sixth-round pick out of Northern Colorado.

He has endured because he relishes his role as a reserve that coaches trust to plug into the starting lineup at either free or strong safety. When he was a free agent during signing period in late July, he welcomed the Redskins‘ three-year offer despite knowing he’d be behind Landry on the depth chart.

“He will have longevity because of the way he prepares and works,” Shanahan said. “He’s very conscientious and a student of the game. He prepares for each game like he’s preparing for a Super Bowl. That’s why he’s been successful here and why he’ll be successful anywhere, even after football.”

Rookie DeJon Gomes is the only other true safety available for Sunday.

He caught coaches’ eyes by making plays around the line of scrimmage during preseason games. He’s comfortable in the box because he played some linebacker at Nebraska and because Redskins coaches in training camp stopped trying him as a cornerback.

“I don’t have so many reads of what position I’m at and then thinking about the play,” Gomes said.

Extra Points

• Linebacker London Fletcher on Sunday will play his 209th consecutive game. He and Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber will leave Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning behind on their iron man streaks. The three are tied for the most consecutive games played among active players, but Manning has been ruled out of the Colts’ opener with a neck injury.

“He’s a quarterback that doesn’t get hit much,” Fletcher said. “I expected him to break [Brett] Favre’s record [of 297].”

• At practice Friday, the Redskins hosted more than two dozen family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.

• Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring), receiver Donté Stallworth (shoulder), return specialist Brandon Banks (knee) and running back Ryan Torain (left hand) are considered questionable for Sunday’s game.