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Place-kicker Kai Forbath was on the inactive list Sunday and missed his third straight game with a groin injury, as John Potter handled the kicking duties again.
Forbath kicked field goals Friday at Redskins Park, but coach Mike Shanahan said he would test him Saturday on kickoffs to see if he was healthy enough to play. The answer, apparently, was no.
Coming into the game, Potter had made 2 of 3 field goal attempts for the Redskins, missing from long range against Green Bay then going 2-for-2 last week against Detroit. He made a 25-yarder in the first quarter Sunday against Oakland.
The Redskins other inactives: third-string quarterback Rex Grossman, safety Jose Gumbs, linebacker Brandon Jenkins (ankle), offensive guard Josh LeRibeus and defensive end Phillip Merling.
With QB Pryor inactive, Raiders turn to Flynn
Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor was inactive with a concussion that he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Backup Matt Flynn, a conventional pocket passer, made his first start of the season and first overall since Jan. 1, 2012, for the Green Bay Packers against Detroit. Flynn completed 31 of 44 passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns with one interception that day.
Pryor rushed for a team-high 198 yards during the first three games, gaining large chunks of yardage on scrambles and read-option runs.
Pryor had been cleared to play Friday. According to multiple reports Saturday night, he was slated to play Sunday, but the Raiders changed plans Sunday and took a more conservative approach.
Fletcher extends iron man streak
Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher made NFL history Sunday when he played in his 244th consecutive game. Fletcher, 38, passed former 49ers, Eagles, Broncos and Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski for the longest streak by a defensive player since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
Fletcher, now in his 16th NFL season, is the league’s overall active leader for consecutive games played.
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