It's added up to 89 yards of penalties and a lot of frustration. Not to mention lost yardage: His 10 penalties have negated a total of 111 yards gained. Of course, some of those plays might not have gone as far without him holding or creating a favorable situation by blocking a defensive back before the pass has been thrown. In some cases, though, grabbing more jersey didn't impact the play.
Second-year defensive end Demarcus Lawrence has three sacks, but hasn't been much of a factor. He plays the run better than Gregory. Tackle Tyrone Crawford does an excellent job inside and will be a tough matchup for Washington's young interior. Crawford has blocked a field-goal attempt and, in the last three games, has five quarterback pressures. He's solid. But they need more from the higher-profile ends to really generate any pressure.
Riley injured his foot in practice Thursday and will need surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He's the second starter to be hurt in practice in the past week; the previous Thursday, corner Chris Culliver tore his ACL and MCL and is out for the season. The Redskins have incurred numerous injuries to the defense, with pass-rusher Junior Galette and starting strong safety Duke Ihenacho also out for the season. Corner DeAngelo Hall has missed five games.
"After 2012 I was thinking, alright, next year we'll be going deeper in the playoffs, probably going to the Super Bowl. I just thought it would happen because that's how it's going to happen," said Kerrigan. "That's far from the case."