Green's start sets record, but ending is one to forget

Defender enters 17th year, passing Baugh, Coleman

Redskins notebook

September 13, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green added another mark of longevity, but he will be keeping memories of yesterday's 41-35 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys short.

Green entered his club-record 17th season, surpassing the 16 seasons each played by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh and former linebacker Monte Coleman.

He probably should have realized how the day would end, however, after yesterday's program had him on the cover with his name misspelled as "Darryl."

Green drew the fourth-quarter assignment of Dallas receiver Michael Irvin, who broke inside of him for a 12-yard touchdown catch that tied the game at 35 with 1: 46 left in regulation.

He shrugged off the play, saying, "It was vintage Troy Aikman throwing the ball on the rope."

A veteran of a Redskins-record 235 games, Green also was part of the game's final play, a 76-yard touchdown pass to Raghib Ismail. Lining up against Ismail, Green stepped inside, biting on the play-action fake by Aikman, but should have been backed up by his safeties in that combination coverage.

"I'm not talking about who's supposed to do what," said Green, 39, who finished with three tackles and two pass deflections. "You know I don't go down that road."

Turner, Snyder chat

Redskins coach Norv Turner, who received the ultimatum by new owner Daniel Snyder to make the playoffs or else, talked to Snyder immediately after the loss.

Asked about any increased pressure from the owner following the defeat, Turner said: "My focus will be getting ready for the [New York] Giants."

What did Snyder say to him?

Said Turner: "That's between him and I."

Injury report

The Redskins apparently limped off the field yesterday, as four starters and two reserves reported injuries, but none is expected to miss time.

The injured starters were defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson (dislocated ring finger), running back Stephen Davis (left knee contusion), left offensive guard Keith Sims (mild concussion, bruised left foot) and linebacker Derek Smith (bruised left foot).

Backup linebacker Twan Russell suffered a contusion of the left eye and backup defensive tackle Marc Boutte was a late scratch with an intestinal virus.

End zone

Davis ran for 109 yards, becoming the club's first back to break 100 yards in a game since Terry Allen did it Nov. 2, 1997, against the Chicago Bears The Redskins had a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers (Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell) for the first time since Sept. 11, 1989, a 27-24 defeat against the New York Giants.

Pub Date: 9/13/99

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