CB Kevin Barnes forced to play safety
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.
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