- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

DETROIT | It was deja vu all over again for Santana Moss at Ford Field on Sunday - except for the result.

A year after Moss torched Detroit for nine catches for 140 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown to rally Washington to a 25-17 victory, the team’s perennial No. 1 receiver broke out of his early-season slump.

However, Moss’ 10 catches for 178 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown, weren’t enough as the Redskins were stunned 19-14 by the Lions, who had lost 19 games in a row.

“I ain’t a one-man wrecking show,” said Moss, who had just five catches for 41 yards in the first two games. “I’ve won games before, but we got to win games as a team.

“We’re in someone else’s house, and it wasn’t going to be easy. Today was my day. They played a little off [me] and we capitalized off it, but we just didn’t do enough to win.”

Moss’ touchdown, which cut the deficit to 13-7 just 1:45 into the third quarter, was just his second in the past eight games.

“When I was coming back out [for the second half], I told [running back Clinton] Portis that we needed a break,” Moss said. “I wish I could do that every weekend.”

Rock rolls as receiver

Rock Cartwright, ticked off to be relegated to special teams after fellow running back Marcus Mason surprisingly made the roster as an extra running back, was inserted on offense in the fourth quarter for the first time this season.

Cartwright, who had three catches during the previous five-plus years, equaled that total on Washington’s second-to-last possession, which he capped with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Jason Campbell that cut the deficit to 19-14 with 2:36 left.

Rinehart’s debut

Chad Rinehart made his debut at right guard in place of the injured Randy Thomas.

“I felt comfortable,” the second-year man from Northern Iowa said. “I just need to be more strong in my communications with [center Casey Rabach] and Stephon. I felt fine [playing a whole game]. There was never an issue of conditioning.”

Despite losing Thomas to a season-ending torn right triceps last week, coach Jim Zorn kept just seven linemen active, sitting D’Anthony Batiste and Edwin Williams again.

Mason and receiver Marko Mitchell, both active last week, were inactive. They were replaced by cornerback Fred Smoot, back from the bruised ribs that kept him out last week, and running back Anthony Alridge, signed off Houston’s practice squad last week. Alridge adds an element of speed that Mason doesn’t possess, but he didn’t play. The other inactives remained the same for a third straight game: defensive linemen Anthony Montgomery and Renaldo Wynn; linebacker Robert Henson; and cornerback Kevin Barnes.

Injuries not serious

Six Redskins starters were injured but all returned, even defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who was carted off during the second quarter after hurting a hip.

“He’s a strong man, and he tried to come back,” Zorn said. “I appreciate that about him. We’ll find out more tomorrow.”

The other walking wounded were fullback Mike Sellers (ribs), linebackers London Fletcher (ribs) and Brian Orakpo, cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle) and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. Defensive end Andre Carter was putting a splint on a finger in the locker room after the game.

Extra points

Reed Doughty, who lost the strong safety job to rookie Chris Horton last September, played a lot in Horton’s place for the second game in three weeks. …

The Redskins played in Detroit last year and this year because they finished in the same spot in the NFC East that the Lions did in the NFC North. Next year, the four teams in each division all face one another. Since the Redskins visited Green Bay and Minnesota the last time that happened in 2007, the schedule will send them to Chicago and Detroit.

• David Elfin can be reached at delfin@washingtontimes.com.

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