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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.
Forbath's comeback still on hold
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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