Thursday, December 12, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. - Robert Griffin III's surgeon ended up tending to Griffin's backup.
Le'Veon Bell got hurt again.
There were 15 penalties and seven turnovers, including a sequence of three giveaways in five plays.
What a mess it was when the Washington Redskins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-13 Monday night at Landover, Md.
Good thing the preseason doesn't count, except when it hurts.
Kirk Cousins, the insurance policy in case Griffin isn't ready for the Redskins' regular-season opener, sprained his right foot early in the second quarter.
His substitute, Rex Grossman, came on and completed 10 of 16 passes for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Pat White played in the fourth quarter, and completed three of six passes for 22 yards and an interception.
Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was 5 for 6 for 66 yards for the Steelers.
He also had a screen pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
Bell, the second-round pick who was supposed to have the inside track on the up-for-grabs Steelers running back job, hurt his right foot in the first quarter, another injury to go with the sore left knee that kept him out of Pittsburgh's preseason opener.
Griffin did suit up again, as he yearns to get on his field as he makes his way back from reconstructive right knee surgery.
He's been cleared by Dr. James Andrews for practice, but not for games.