Despite losing to the Seahawks 20-10 on Saturday, the Redskins' defense maintained its reputation as one of the league's hardest-hitting units when it knocked Seattle running back Shaun Alexander out of the game with a concussion.
Alexander departed in the first quarter and did not return. Still, the Seahawks managed to pull out a hard-fought win.
Alexander, named the league's Most Valuable Player last season, suffered the concussion on a hard tackle by defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and linebacker LaVar Arrington.
Alexander was replaced by fourth-year player Maurice Morris, a 5-11, 212-pound running back who rushed for 288 yards on 71 carries during the regular season.
Like Alexander, Morris was bottled up most of the game. He rushed for 49 yards on 18 carries. It was fullback Mack Strong who pulled off the Seahawk's longest run from scrimmage, though. He had a 32-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
For the game, the Seahawks rushed for 119 yards, but most of those yards came in the fourth quarter.
For much of the first half, the Redskins' defense swarmed to ballcarriers, with Griffin leading the way with four tackles, three on carries by Alexander.
In his limited time on the field, Alexander had just nine yards on six carries. Reports from Seattle indicate he should be fine to play in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Stopping Alexander was one of the keys to the game for Gregg Williams and the Redskins' defense. The sixth-year running back out of Alabama rushed for 1,880 yards on 370 carries for the Seahawks last season.