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Redskins Pay for Preseason Win Over Pittsburgh

Gary Williams, Special to The Informer | 8/20/2013, 11 a.m.
Washington Redskins QB quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons during the Redskins' 24-13 preseason victory at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Aug. 19, 2013. Photo by John DeFreitas

The Washington Redskins overcame a sudden rash of injuries to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-13 in front of 68,740 fans at FedEx Field.

The victory was Washington’s fourth straight preseason win over the past two years.

The Redskins' defense set the tone for the contest as linebacker Ryan Kerrigan opened the scoring with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown. Kerrigan later forced another turnover by stripping Steelers backup quarterback Bruce Gradowski.

Describing the interception, Kerrigan said, “[linebacker London Fletcher] alerted us before the play, ‘Screen, watch the screen.’ Sure enough, that’s what came out and I was able to intercept it and take it to the house.”

On offense, the Redskins suffered some key injuries. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who started in place of the injured Robert Griffin III, suffered a sprained right foot in the second quarter and had to leave the game.

Cousins left the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no significant damages, according to several news outlets.

Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson also left the game with a hand injury after making a terrific one-handed grab of a Rex Grossman pass for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Grossman played the bulk of the game at quarterback and went 10 for 16 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Redskins return to action quickly on Saturday, Aug. 24 against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

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