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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Reed Doughty says he is ready when needed

By Jason Reid

Veteran safety Reed Doughty figured he would play a lot against Tennessee because strong safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) did not accompany the team on the trip.

And then Doughty's workload increased significantly because rookie safety Anderson Russell suffered a season-ending tear of his anterior cruciate ligament on punt coverage during the first quarter of the Redskins' 19-16 victory in overtime at LP Field.

"I took every defensive snap and every special-teams snap," Doughty said Monday in a conference call with reporters who cover the team. "It is [a lot], but our offense saved us because we only took 55 snaps of defense, instead of 80.

"Those first few weeks that I started [in place of free safety Kareem Moore], I was taking 80 snaps of defense plus some special teams. It's just what is called for. Sometimes, you know, you're fresh and you get to run down there on kickoff, and other times you're not. With LaRon being out, I just had to take it one play at a time."

On Monday, Coach Mike Shanahan said Landry would likely miss Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. "I'm ninety-eight percent sure there," Shanahan said.

The Redskins are interested in signing another safety, Shanahan said, but they plan to lean on Doughty heavily against the Vikings. Doughty is ready for whatever is asked of him.

"Obviously, you want to start," Doughty said. "But I've started games, and I've come in and took fifteen, twenty reps, and I've played none. It's just one of those things that I'm mentally prepared for every game. And this one [against Tennessee] was easy being mentally prepared for, since I knew I was starting.

"I just take it one game at a time. That's what I feel like what my value is to this team, that I play special teams. That I can come in and ... I've started at free, I've started at strong this year and I've played dime. That's what I'm trying to do to help the team. Obviously, we want LaRon back as fast as he can. But I'm gonna try to hold it down until he comes back."

By Jason Reid  | November 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  LaRon Landry  
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Posted by: gandorfdapirate | November 23, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

All the better when we recall that Doughty took the high road -- and ignore the criticism -- when a couple of so-called teammates were calling him out for not covering as well as some might while Kareen Moore was out for injuries earlier in the season.

Not to say he's perfect, but let's give him credit for showing up each week, working hard and being a survivor.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 23, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Easily, Doughty is becoming one of my favorite players. He doesn't have the pedigree of a London Fletcher or Brian Orakpo or a Laron Landry, but he shows up, he does his job and he always seems to be around the ball and hustling. And you don't hear him talking the trash talk that's so popular among the "Look at me!" group you usually find in professional sports. If some of the better known players worked as hard as Doughty, this defense would be a lot better.

Posted by: WildBil1952 | November 23, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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