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For Redskins, An Early Character Test

It's safe to say no one in the Redskins locker room imagined a 1-3 start to the season. In the moments after Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns, several players stressed that the team would have to stay a team for the Redskins to turn the season around.

"We just need to keep fighting," left tackle Chris Samuels said. "We can't have any negative talk. Everyone needs to stick together. It takes true leaders to keep everyone together."

Added quarterback Mark Brunell: "We're being tested about as much as we can be tested. We'll find out what we are made of. Fortunately we have a lot of football ahead of us, so that's a good thing.

"We have not been together a long time, but I think there's a lot of character on this team. There's no one giving up and nobody's going to point fingers. We're going to work our way through this, one game at a time, and hopefully get back on track.

The turnover problem once again reared its head. After committing seven turnovers two weeks ago in a 20-14 loss to the New York Giants, the Redskins rebounded with zero giveaways in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

But on Sunday, Clinton Portis and Laveranues Coles both had fumbles at inopportune times. Portis's fumble led to the Browns' game-tying touchdown and Coles' fumble stymied a Redskins comeback effort.

Players recognize that if they eliminate those kinds of mistakes, then the final score of those games may have been different.

"I know the team is depending on me to make plays and I did not come through," Coles said. "It cost us the game. We'll watch the film and get back to work to see what each individual can do to make this team better."

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