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Healthy again and happy to be back

A handful of Redskins saw their first game action in quite a while on Friday night. Guys like Chris Cooley, Chad Rinehart, Clinton Portis and Jeremy Jarmon saw their 2009 seasons cut short due to injury. Others -- Maake Kemoateu and Adam Carriker -- spent all of last season on injured reserves, and both D-linemen looked steady in their first game back.

"I felt good," said Carriker, the team's starting left end. "I hadn't played live game action in awhile, so I was pretty juiced up. There's a play or two, you can always do better. But for the most part, I thought I did pretty good."

Kemoateu started at nose tackle and seems to grasp his role well. His name doesn't appear in the final stat sheet, but those around him were able to make plays - including Carriker.

On DeAngelo Hall's interception, Carriker almost got to Bills' quarterback Trent Edwards before Edwards threw the ball.

"In my mind, I was thinking, 'One more second!'" Carriker said. "He threw and D-Hall got the pick. So that's even better than a sack."

Both Kemoateu and Carriker appear to have comfortable spots with the first unit for right now, especially if Albert Haynesworth moves to right defensive end when he eventually joins the starters. Neither seems too worried about the depth chart; they're both just happy to playing football again.

"When we came here to play one time, I heard it was like a college atmosphere," Carriker said. "It's a preseason game, but it was pretty rowdy out there. I was excited. I was jazzed up to play."

By Rick Maese  |  August 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

I don't want to get too excited over one preseason game, over the Bills who look dreadful no less, but the skins looked really good. I thought Trent Williams looked really good. He did look like he was getting winded toward the end - may need some more conditioning in training camp.

Posted by: skinswest | August 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh well first I guess

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Just because I get drunk and yell during the game does not make this 40+ gentleman a college idiot...or does it...

Posted by: WRBD | August 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I get the whole "it's just preseason against a bad team" deal, but last season we started off against bad teams and looked out much...so that makes me believe that real improvement is taking place.

Posted by: noluvdr | August 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

We did what a good team is supposed to do to a bad team. That alone is tremendous improvement. For so long the Redskins always seemed to play down to their competition. That will not be tolerated by Shanahan.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"I thought Trent Williams looked really good."

He looked great! It seemed like Dockery was trying to slide over and help him sometimes but he didn't need it.

On the flip side I thought Andre Carter looked like poo as an OLB. I thought he was out of position several times.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"I thought Trent Williams looked really good."

He looked great! It seemed like Dockery was trying to slide over and help him sometimes but he didn't need it.

On the flip side I thought Andre Carter looked like poo as an OLB. I thought he was out of position several times.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Kool. I understand why you want to keep away from this touchy subject.

I'm just a little taken back when people mistake an outward show of faith for telling people how to live; There is a difference between the two.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 1:27 PM |

Don't get me wrong mimi, I understand where you are coming from. I've fought this battle up here on numerous occassions and have learned that it goes no where but downhill fast.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Next up...... A Real Test!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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