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Halftime Ramblings

Watching practice this week, I had a morbid thought that the player who seemed most likely to get hurt in this game was Todd Collins. He hasn't looked sharp, his mobility is not a strength, and the second-string offense line, I thought, was in for a long night. Turned out I wasn't off by much.

Collins didn't get hurt, be he did get bounced around. Even without their starters, the Colts were finding it way too easy to get past Washington's reserve linemen. Second-year tackle Stephon Heyer had a rough night, getting beat with speed as well as strength, and was tossed back into the QB a few times. (He seemed to be getting caught with his butt too high in pass protection, but like the coaches we'll have to go to the videotape before making a definitive comment.)

Collins was knocked around a few times but withstood it all.

Otherwise, the first-team offense had a great first series. Nothing more you could ask for there.

Redskins pass defense was shaky - especially on third down - but with virtually no starters on the field you can't make much of a judgment about that.

Rookie punter Durant Brooks blew a chance to pin the Colts deep with his first punt - can't boot those into the end zone - but did unleash a good second effort that ended up dying inside the 10. Kicker Shaun Suisham missed another make-able attempt - his first in a game setting since his big miss in the Seattle playoff game - and we'll see how accurate he is as the preseason evolves.

Okay, gotta get back to my story. In general, this game is best when it's over. Get through it with no injuries and look ahead to the other four.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 3, 2008; 10:00 PM ET
 
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