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News & Notes: Taylor Comes Through Fine

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Jason Taylor did not re-aggravate his sprained knee during Thursday night's 16-7 loss to the New York Giants.

Taylor, who started the game, wore a brace on the knee to help protect it from further injury. He finished with two solo tackles.

Now Taylor has 10 days to rest and get ready for the Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints.

He is expected to resume practicing with teammates next week.

Asked after Thursday's game if he felt 100 percent healthy, Taylor replied: "No, I am not 100 percent, but I have played this game for 12 years and you are never really 100 percent. I get up out of bed in January and March and I am not 100 percent.

"I am trying to battle though the knee injury and give this team what I can. At some point this year, maybe I will be 100 percent, but I don't know when."

Taylor suffered the injury in the Aug. 23 preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. He was listed as questionable heading into the Redskins' regular season opener.

Regarding Thursday's loss, Taylor pointed to run defense and struggles on third downs as key factors.

The Giants totaled 154 rushing yards, with running back Brandon Jacobs leading the way with 116 yards on 21 carries.

On third downs, the Giants were 7-of-14 on conversions.

"There's a lot to learn from this tape," Taylor said. "There are a lot of good things that we did. There are a lot of things that we did poorly and need to correct, particularly on third downs. That starts up front with us.

"I think we played the run better in the second half. There were times when we knew what they liked to run in certain situations and we played it better."

Taylor, who joined the Redskins in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in July, started his 131st consecutive game. Among active players, he is ranked seventh in that category.

-- HEYER LEVEL

Stephon Heyer, starting at right tackle, earned prasie from Jim Zorn. Heyer replaced veteran Jon Jansen in the lineup last week.

"He was excellent for his first go," Zorn said. "He had some communication issues and he missed some things, but overall I felt he was very aggressive and his pass protection was excellent."

Added Jason Campbell: "I thought he played well. He gave me an opportunity to step under the rush and still be able to stand in there and make throws. I take my hat off to him."

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