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Smith on His Injury, Suisham's Game

Punter Hunter Smith left Sunday's 16-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after straining his groin on his first punt in the first quarter and was unable to kick for the rest of the game.

Smith continued to hold for field goals and extra points and said after the game that he was not sure the extent of the injury.

"I don't think it'll be long-term," Smith said. "I don't really have any idea. We need to wait a day and see how it feels tomorrow and see how the MRI looks and everything and once we know that then we can make a projection."

Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham filled in for Smith and punted three times for an average of 26.7 and a net of 25.3. After the game, both Smith and Redskins Coach Jim Zorn praised Suisham for being able to step into the position mid-game.

"I thought he did a very courageous thing and a great job today by going out there," Smith said. "To play a position where you don't use your hands, you don't have the ball skills, and to step out there and do the job he did it was a very good job. He helped our team today and he's one of the big reasons why we won."

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 4, 2009; 4:51 PM ET
 
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"Courageous"? Seriously? He's a kicker.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Even with the three picks, continue to run the no-huddle and let Campbell call his own plays. Offense runs better. Zorn has no imagination or sense of timing.

Big game by Landry and the other safeties.

Orakpo and Jarmon looked good.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 4, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

There sure have been a lot of teams going for it on 4th and Goal this season (Saints just failed on an attempt). I know the Smart Football dude (www.smartfootball.com) would applaud this. But call me a traditionalist...I don't think I could leave 3 points on the board.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Has Devin Thomas touched the ball on offense more than twice this year?

Fake a reverse and run up the middle to keep the weak side LB in check. Maybe run a reverse. Either way, we need to make teams at least start to consider the other wideouts.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 4, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Big game by Landry - saltine182

Did you post this hoping to get a response?

Surely, you were not serious.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 4, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Eh...just as I wrote that, it worked out for the Saints. Sack of Sanchez in the endzone, fumble, Saints recover for the TD.

The Saints are pretty formidable this season.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

There sure have been a lot of teams going for it on 4th and Goal this season (Saints just failed on an attempt). I know the Smart Football dude (www.smartfootball.com) would applaud this. But call me a traditionalist...I don't think I could leave 3 points on the board.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:02 PM

I with you, particularly early in games. I was watching the Washington/Notre dame game and when the Huskies went for it on 4th and goal, I was shaking my head. It's a momentum change either way. If you make it, it could seal the deal. If you don't the other team get's the momentum.

Posted by: TWISI | October 4, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Bizarre, bizarre play in SF just now. The Rams really do suck.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

But call me a traditionalist...I don't think I could leave 3 points on the board.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:02 PM

The average play on offense gets nearly 4-5 yards. It's worth the gamble, unless you're the Skins and the Lions drive 99 yards on you....

I thought the Skins should have just adopted the mindset that once in Bucs territory, it was 4-down territory. You have 4 plays to gain 10 yards. Challenge your team to go out and WIN the game, not back into it and hope the D holds. Suisham was getting 20 yards net of yardage. It's worth the risk.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 4, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Dolphins going for it on 4th and Goal...TD Ronnie Brown!

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Eh...just as I wrote that, it worked out for the Saints. Sack of Sanchez in the endzone, fumble, Saints recover for the TD.

The Saints are pretty formidable this season.
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I'll consider the Saints formidable when they beat DAL and NYG. They have wins against DET and BUF. Those aren't very good teams. PHL is a good team, but they've had QB issues.

So if the Saints actually beat top rated teams I'll eat crow. Until then they seem overrated to me.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 4, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want but double G Williams knows how to coach against a rookie QB.

Which has me really scratching my head these past two weeks.

Skins "d" should just eat up these inexperienced QBs.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 4, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As for the skins, this is exactly the type of game they would have lost. IMO I saw a new approach on defense that I like. On offense, I liked how they fought back in the second half. I thought they took shots down the field, and Portis ran hard. I'd like to see more of the same going forward. I'd also like to see another WR beside Moss and ARE have a big.

Posted by: TWISI | October 4, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

This is not hindsight, b/c I said it at th time...but man we should have given Grilliams a shot at this.....

Anyone watching the saints v jets? H has this D ballin....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong...I fully understand going for it on 4th and Goal, and I would never argue with the numbers that the Smart Football dude uses. If my Statistics professor in college had used football as a practical example, I may have actually paid attention. As it is, every business I've ever run has been guided by real data, and it has always worked out for me.

It's the Billy Beane effect on the NFL (and NCAA).

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Surely, you were not serious.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 4, 2009 5:03 PM

How many passes were completed? 13

Landry has 6 tackles. He played 15-20 yards off the line.

Longest pass completed was 27 yards, and Johnson had 3-4 scrambles where he created time and could have thrown deep, but didn't.

Safeties played well. Landry is a safety.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 4, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"So if the Saints actually beat top rated teams I'll eat crow. Until then they seem overrated to me. "

Cooking your crow right now so its piping hot if/when they beat the Jets today...

yeah the saints aren't for real...jeesh..sure.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 4, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm a huge Gregg Williams fan. And, yes, I wish he had gotten the job.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes another option from Zorn's available set of plays.

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Red Zone Channel just did their toss to Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy to preview tonight's game. At the end, they asked Patrick who would be on his radio show tomorrow. He mentions Brooklyn Decker...you should have seen the slightly lecherous look on Tony Dungy's face. Priceless.

I heart Brooklyn Decker.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 4, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I was a Saints doubter, more of a Darren Sharper doubter.

All I can say is: "Players f up sometime."

Count me in with those who think that Gregg Williams should have got the job.

saltine, Landry whiffed on a few tackles today. And got beat in coverage a few times.

It's important to watch the game instead of letting the stats tell you the story.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I was a Saints doubter, more of a Darren Sharper doubter.

All I can say is: "Players f up sometime."

Count me in with those who think that Gregg Williams should have got the job.

saltine, Landry whiffed on a few tackles today. And got beat in coverage a few times.

It's important to watch the game instead of letting the stats tell you the story.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis nearly posted his first 100-yard game of his career; he finished with 98 yards on 25 carries - both season-highs"
I think you missed this one.

Posted by: sacredtalent | October 4, 2009 5:07 PM |

Cut the dud some slack. He is a WaPo sports journalist.

Posted by: TubularBells | October 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The thing we have to realize is this is the type of game we're going to see every weekend. We put a lot of money into our defense and largely ignored our offense. We are going to score 10-20 points a week and so is our opponent. We'll lose to some crap teams but we'll also beat some good teams. I see us going 8-8 again.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

How is it that a punter pulls a groin who the hell is the conditioning coach on this team how is that you have that injury three weeks into the season, and on another note i don't want to hear any krap about JC yes he had a bad game but with that O-line he's lucky to be alive and Stephon Heyer is horrible,just remember Jay Cutler had four count em four int's his first game.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 4, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Yipeeeeeeee!

We beat the Bucs!

That wasn't very encouraging, but not all together discouraging either.

Nice play Jarmon!


Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 4, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you right now that Snyder will fudge this up again and give Shanahan both the GM and coaching jobs. I have lived in Colorado since 96 and I can tell you the reason Shanahan was run out of here was b/c of his personnel decisions. Trust me you don't want Shanahan unless he is JUST a COACH. I would prefer to have Holmgren as GM and Gruden as coach. They could make this team into a winner today! There is enough talent on this team to win TODAY. It is being grossly underCOACHED in ALL areas. While I don't believe JC will lead us to the promise land, our overall talent can be used in a more useful way to make us a much better team with the current set of players.

Thank God for the Caps!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | October 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Mediocre beeps.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't understand how a kicker who can kick fg's 50+ yards only averages 26 yards a punt!! I'm pretty sure I can kick farther than that!!!! I guess it's good that he didn't fumble the ball or miskick or anything.

Posted by: Thundershock | October 4, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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