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Phillip Buchanon, Devin Thomas handle returns

One question the Redskins refused to answer in the week leading up to Sunday's season-opener concerned the team's return specialists.

The Redskins had used only two punt returners in the preseason, but Terrence Austin was assigned to the practice squad and Brandon Banks was inactive Sunday night.

When Dallas punter Mat McBriar took the field toward the end of the Cowboys' opening drive, Washington special teams coach Danny Smith called on cornerback Phillip Buchanon to return the punt.

Buchanon actually entered the game three times on special teams but didn't return a single punt. McBriar had a touchback, one punt that went out of bounds and another that his teammates downed on the Redskins' 5-yard line.

Washington's kick returner was also a question mark, and the Redskins didn't get a chance to answer that one until the start of the second half. Receiver Devin Thomas entered Sunday night's game for the first time on the kickoff that opened the half. He caught the kick a yard into the end zone and ran it out to the Redskins' 34-yard line, nearly breaking it entirely.

By Rick Maese  |  September 12, 2010; 10:16 PM ET
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Comments

I AM DA MAN!!!!!

Posted by: DeAngelo_Hall | September 12, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yep. Looks like the ghost of Jim Zorn just came back.

Posted by: jiacinto | September 12, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Ugh

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

13 drops two and then that.....

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

never take points off the board

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Why go back to Armstrong? Bad call.

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha. I posted some stupid crap on DeAngelo's iPhone.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

damn, armstrong's gotta come up with that first one. right in his hands

Posted by: hailbg | September 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Dallas did all they could to give the Redskins a score. Redskins refuse to accept charity.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

ANYBODY HAVE ETHAN ALBRIGHT'S EMAIL ADD?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 12, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

You have to take the points off. But that was a Romolicious FG attempt.

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 12, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

AWFUL PLAY CALL....same play twice? Seriously.

Posted by: aaronharman | September 12, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Landry was bound to blow it at some point.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

beeb-beep, you are not doing your job.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Landry redeemed himself.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

beeb-beep, you are not doing your job.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 10:27 PM

Hey, when they pay my back wages then I'm stepping up.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 12, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

My agent said that I am dominating!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...need a center and a fullback for next year.

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 12, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

We need to get to Romo. Hit him in the mouth.

Posted by: brianearman | September 12, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Everytime...you see Rabach gettn knocked back..

Posted by: stags83 | September 12, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

A TD an this game is over!@!!

Posted by: stags83 | September 12, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Now march it down the field and punch it in the zone!

Posted by: brianearman | September 12, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"Receiver Devin Thomas entered Sunday night's game for the first time on the kickoff that opened the half."

That's not correct. I was watching on tv and saw Thomas in on the punt return units.

Posted by: Wonsapnatm | September 13, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

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