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Posted at 6:38 PM ET, 12/19/2010

CB Kevin Barnes forced to play safety

By Barry Svrluga

The Redskins had only two safeties active for Sunday's game: starters Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore. So when Doughty went down with a head injury in the first half, they had to turn to Kevin Barnes, a third-year cornerback who had never played safety in a game.

"I didn't get too many reps in practice this week, but I'm a smart kid," Barnes said. "It's all about getting a little more physical playing safety. I tried to turn that up a little bit."

Barnes said he actually only had one rep at practice during the week at safety. But he also had an indication that Victor "Macho" Harris, signed in the middle of the season when starter LaRon Landry and reserve Anderson Russell went down with injuries, wouldn't be active against Dallas.

"[Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett] told me pretty much be ready to play safety," Barnes said. "It comes with the territory. You got to be able to adapt on the run."

Barnes was credited with five tackles, all solo. He did not break up any passes.

Starting free safety Kareem Moore continued to struggle with tackling, a problem coaches believe has been a huge contribution to the Redskins' defensive struggles all year. Dallas tight end Jason Witten stiff-armed Moore on a first-half play in which Witten almost scored. Moore also finished with five tackles.

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
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"Dallas tight end Jason Witten stiff-armed Moore on a first-half play in which Witten almost scored."

When that happend I told my friend,"I bet if they grab that arm and yank it straight down they will stop doing that."

I don't know why more players don't practice this. Pulling that arm out of it's joint will do wonders I'm thinking.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 19, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

A FS with stone hands? What's the point? Barnes, Harris will get good looks next year.

Posted by: TWISI

Same as a DB with hands of stone. In the pass-happy NFL, figured he'd be a good athlete back there. Just a thought.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Armstrong beeps

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see barnes stepping up and making good. Need more of that.

Posted by: edvar | December 19, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

One issue that irks the hell out of my about this coaching staff is that they make people inactive in position where they are very thin. Why was Harris inactive was he hurt?

Posted by: clark202 | December 20, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

How is kareem moore a starter in this league, can't tackle, no speed... dude is a major liability.

Posted by: bhoang888 | December 20, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The Skins need to cut Kareem Moore today, hes both stupid and soft.

The team would be better served to start Harris, and then pick up a young free agent to fill a position of need.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | December 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Moore looks retarded, I'm surprised he's a starting FS, then again this is the DeadSkins.

Cut this foo!

Posted by: datruth21 | December 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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