Randle El, elevated to No. 1 receiver because Santana Moss
missed the game with a groin injury, had seven catches for 100
yards in the first half.
He appeared to get hurt on a 37-yard catch-and-run right before
the 2-minute warning that set up a touchdown to give Washington a
14-0 halftime lead. That was his last play.
With Moss and Randle El sidelined, the Redskins were forced to
use James Thrash, Keenan McCardell, Brandon Lloyd and Reche Caldwell at receiver. None of those four had made a catch this
season entering Sunday.
Thrash, McCardell and Lloyd each made his first reception this
season. And Thrash replaced Randle El on punt returns.
"It wasn't good that Randle went down, but when I stepped in, I
made the most of my opportunity, just to help out this team,"
McCardell said. "We feel like we all need to help out."
Washington, the starting strongside linebacker, left in the
third quarter after hurting his left hamstring. He said he expects
to play against Green Bay next week.
Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels separated his right
shoulder late in the first half, but returned to action.
"I'll be there next week," he said.
The Lions had rookie receiver Calvin Johnson in the lineup after
he sat out last week with a bad back, but he caught only one pass
for 3 yards and was pulled late in the game.
"It's still the back," Detroit coach Rod Marinelli said.
"He's just sore and he's stiff, and we just wanted to careful."
"We don't know the extent of those right now," Marinelli said.
"We'll find out next week."