- - Sunday, September 29, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Washington Redskins made two major special teams gaffes in the first half Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The first miscue cost them seven points, but they escaped unscathed after the second.

Early in the first quarter, the Raiders forced a punt deep in Redskins territory. Oakland’s Rashad Jennings broke through the left side of the Redskins’ line and blocked Sav Rocca’s punt in the end zone. Jeremy Stewart recovered for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 10:40 left in the quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the Raiders fooled the Redskins with a fake punt. Facing fourth-and-1 from their 28, the Raiders lined up to punt, but wideout Jacoby Ford, flanked left, went in motion and lined up behind long snapper Jon Condo.

Condo snapped the ball to up-back Taiwan Jones, who raced around left end for 19 yards to the 47.

The Redskins’ defense forced another quick fourth down, and this time the Raiders actually punted.

Aches and pains

The Redskins haven’t been hit hard by injuries yet this season but that luck didn’t hold up during Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

Wide receiver Josh Morgan was hurt in the second quarter on a kickoff. He sustained a right hamstring injury, but later returned to the game and had an early reception in the third quarter. Defensive lineman Chris Neild left with a right calf strain and labored to leave the field under his own power at halftime. He did not play again,

Meanwhile, both starting cornerbacks were injured, too. DeAngelo Hall lay on the field in front of the Oakland sideline just before halftime when he was rolled over by a pile of tacklers. He, too, would play in the second half, however. Josh Wilson suffered a right shoulder contusion, but returned to the field soon after.

Starting running back Alfred Morris was also hurt in the third quarter when he suffered bruised ribs on Washington’s go-ahead scoring drive.

Bruised thigh shelves rookie tight end

Promising rookie tight end Jordan Reed was on the inactive list and missed Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a bruised thigh, but veteran tight end Fred Davis suited up after missing one game with a sprained ankle.

Reed, a third-round pick out of Florida in this year’s draft, was injured last week during Washington’s loss to Detroit. He leads Redskins tight ends in receptions with 13 and receiving yards with 106. In his NFL debut against Philadelphia, Reed caught five passes for 38 yards. Last week he caught five passes for 50 yards. He caught his first NFL touchdown pass two weeks ago against Green Bay.

Veteran Logan Paulsen started the game.

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