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Safeties Reed Doughty and Chris Horton started for Washington in place of injured O.J. Atogwe and LaRon Landry. The good news is that Atogwe would have started had this been a regular season game.
Landry’s nagging Achilles issue still lingering from 2010 is cause for a great deal of concern. If Landry’s condition does not improve quickly, he will be ill prepared this season. He has yet to participate in practice.
Once again, it's a bad stroke of luck for a top 10 draft pick for Washington.
With Doughty and Horton in the secondary, Pittsburgh attempted to exploit the weakness early. They were right to do so. The tandem was beaten deep several times. Fortunately, a rusty Ben Roethlisberger missed the mark.
Byron Leftwich relieved and did not fare much better. The Steelers had receivers open deep but were unable to connect. The Redskins won’t be so lucky come opening day.
Of course, this is only preseason. There is plenty of improvement to be made. However, Doughty is on the field because of his tackling, and Horton is coming off limited action in 2010.