- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005

Randy Thomas, arguably the Washington Redskins’ best offensive lineman, fractured his right leg early in the fourth quarter yesterday and will miss the rest of the season.

Thomas will have surgery today to repair the break in his fibula.

Thomas was injured with about eight minutes left in the Redskins’ 35-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys when running back Ladell Betts rolled on his ankle as Thomas blocked linebacker Bradie James.

Thomas’ leg was fitted with an inflatable cast, and he was carted off the field.

“It was a freak accident with me trying to block downfield,” said Thomas, the Redskins’ right guard. “I thought I was flexible enough to get away with it, but I felt some pressure — snap, crackle, pop.”

Thomas pumped his fist several times as he was taken off the field, and he was smiling in the locker room.

“I’m always positive,” he said. “I have to stay up because these guys are on a high right now and they have to keep winning.”

Thomas has missed only four of 106 regular-season games since he entered the league in 1999.

“It’s been as good a year as I’ve seen a guard have, so we’re going to miss him terribly,” Gibbs said. “He’s had a great year and been one of our leaders and emotional guys. You hate to see that.”

Said left tackle Chris Samuels: “It’s sad to lose Randy because he’s really showed up big this year.”

Veteran Ray Brown, 43, will fill in for Thomas. Brown started 14 games at right tackle last season for the Redskins in place of Jon Jansen.

“I’m healthy, and I think I can go out there and play four or five weeks of pretty good football,” Brown said. “Obviously we’re going to miss Randy, but with any ballclub over the course of 16 games, there will be people sliding in and out.”

Said H-back Mike Sellers: “We’ll be all right because we have Ray coming in to do the job. He’s 40 million years old but can play like he’s still 19.”

Career day for Daniels

Defensive end Phillip Daniels produced the best game of his 10-year career, tying a club record with four sacks and batting a pass that resulted in an interception. He also made five tackles and recovered a fumble.

Daniels now shares the sacks record with Diron Talbert (Sept, 28, 1975, against the Giants) and Dexter Manley (Oct. 2, 1988, against the Giants).

“I didn’t even know about the sack record until toward the end of the game,” Daniels said. “I wish I could have broken it, but just to have four, the day was mine.”

Daniels’ previous single-game high was two. He came into the game with two sacks in 13 games, but told his son Davaris, who recently turned 13, he would try and get a sack against Dallas.

“Never did I imagine I would get four,” he said.

Daniels said the Redskins noticed Drew Bledsoe occasionally holds the ball too long, giving pass rushers additional time.

“We saw that when people get in their face, he tends to make mistakes here and there,” he said. “We just knew we had to get there.”

LaVar, Rogers sit

Linebacker LaVar Arrington sat out a second straight game because of a thigh injury, and rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers (biceps) was listed as inactive for yesterday’s game. Safety Matt Bowen (knee) stayed out of the lineup for the first time this season.

Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said after the game Rogers sustained a torn biceps last week at Arizona.

Healthy inactives were running back Nehemiah Broughton, receiver James Thrash and defensive tackles Ryan Boschetti and Aki Jones. Thrash has missed four consecutive games, and Boschetti and Jones were made inactive with the return of Salave’a and Cedric Killings.

Tight end Robert Johnson, who practiced all week and did not appear on the injury report, was placed on the injured reserve list (ankle) Saturday. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was promoted from the practice squad to take Johnson’s spot and made an interception in the closing seconds.

Cowboys routed, reeling

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells offered no excuses for the rout that seriously damaged his team’s playoff hopes.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Parcells said. “It was a very poor performance. They just outplayed us in every area. We really had no chance to win.”

The view was echoed in the Cowboys locker room. The Cowboys entered yesterday’s game with an 8-5 record and in an upbeat mood after their 31-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

The Cowboys left FedEx Field trying to make sense of the debacle.

“There’s really no way to explain it,” said receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who caught only two passes for 20 yards against the Redskins’ battered secondary. “I just know that we got the [heck] beat out of us. We just have to go in next week and see what happens.”

The Redskins recorded seven sacks and did so for the most part without blitzing. They forced Bledsoe into mistakes and hurries with the pressure.

“It was open. We just didn’t block them,” Parcells said. “We got overwhelmed.”

Things don’t get much easier for the Cowboys: They have a short week of practice before playing NFC South-leading Carolina on Saturday.

Dallas also may have suffered a costly injury when starting right guard Marco Rivera was carted off in the fourth quarter with a strained neck.

Three in a row

Clinton Portis had 18 games with at least 100 rushing yards during his 25 regular season starts with Denver. But Portis had just nine such efforts in his first 24 games with Washington.

Portis, however, ran 112 yards on 23 carries yesterday against the Cowboys, giving him three straight games with at least 100 yards.

“We know what our bread and butter is, and we’re finally using it,” said Portis, who had 353 yards on 76 carries as the Redskins ran off three consecutive wins. “[Having three straight 100-yard days] is OK, but considering I could have six or seven, it’s not that exciting.”

Moss owns Cowboys

Redskins receiver Santana Moss beat Dallas with touchdown catches of 39 and 70 yards just 71 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter of Week 2.

So there was no way the Cowboys would let him beat them again yesterday. They did keep Moss out of the end zone, but he set up two first-half touchdowns with a 42-yard bomb and a screen that he turned into a 31-yard gain.

“I don’t think I have their number,” Moss said. “Dallas has a better defense than a lot of teams, but I think they were like, ‘We’re not going to worry about this guy all the time. We’ll roll our coverage when we need to.’

“And when they singled on me, I ended up getting by [cornerback Aaron Glenn]. I had a touchdown, but they didn’t give it to me. At least I set up two touchdowns.”

With 75 catches and 1,240 yards, Moss is having the most prolific season by a Redskins receiver since Art Monk caught a team-record 106 passes for 1,372 yards in 1984.

Sellers, the TD man

H-back Mike Sellers performed his end zone magic again, making a 3-yard catch in the second quarter that gave him seven touchdowns on 12 touches this season.

It was his first touch in five weeks.

“I looked back, and I was like, ‘Let me just walk into the end zone. It’s Dallas. Let me show off a little bit,’” Sellers said of scoring untouched.



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