- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Washington Redskins safety Chris Horton has one career NFL start and one NFC defensive player of the week award.

Horton intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in the Redskins’ 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He got the start when Reed Doughty fell ill hours before kickoff.

With his two interceptions and fumble recovery, Horton became the first NFL player to accomplish the feat in his first start since Liffort Hobley on Oct. 11, 1987, and first rookie since Paul Tripoli on Oct. 4, 1987. Both games were replacement contests.

Before Horton, the last Redskins player to do it in the same game was Anthony Washington on Dec. 4, 1983, and the last Redskins rookie was Brig Owens on Nov. 27, 1966.

Horton recovered a first-quarter fumble forced by Rocky McIntosh that resulted in a field goal. He then intercepted a Drew Brees pass tipped by Fred Smoot that gave the Redskins another field goal and halted New Orleans’ comeback hopes when he intercepted a pass deflected by Demetric Evans with 2:59 remaining. Horton finished with four tackles.

Coach Jim Zorn said on his weekly radio show Tuesday that Doughty will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

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