Redskins rally past Steelers, 17-14

Stefan Logan called it the opportunity of a lifetime – and last night in Washington he took advantage of it.

The 5-foot-6 free agent from the Canadian Football League returned eight kicks for 205 yards, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Steelers from losing to the Washington Redskins, 17-13.

Logan returns four punts for 48 yards (long of 18) and four kickoffs for 157 yards. His long kickoff return of 60 yards – taken five yards deep in his own end zone – occurred with 5:13 left in the third quarter of a 10-10 tie. The return to the Washington 45 set up Piotr Czech's 41-yard field goal for a 13-10 Steelers lead.

The Redskins came back to score the winning touchdown when rookie Joe Burnett – replacing Logan to return a punt for the first time in the game – fumbled at the Steelers 18. On the next play, Redskins quarterback Chase Daniel threw an 18-yard play-action touchdown pass to Fred Davis with 13:13 left in the game.

Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon injured his shoulder while scrambling on the next Steelers possession, and on the next and final possession rookie free agent QB Mike Reilly was stopped on downs after directing the Steelers 33 yards to the Redskins 35-yard line.

The loss dropped the Steelers to 1-1 in preseason. The Redskins improved to 1-1.

"We wanted to play smarter than we did the first time out," said Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. "We did not even come close."

Tomlin wasn't pleased with the 13 penalties for 89 yards. Ten of those penalties occurred in the first half.

"I didn't think we came out of the locker room particularly well," he said. "We were actually up, but I didn't like the way we started that football game."

The Steelers, behind starting quarterback Charlie Batch, took a 7-3 lead on a 3-yard run right by Willie Parker. Batch had completed a 3rd-and-13 pass to Santonio Holmes for 16 yards and a 3rd-and-10 pass to Hines Ward for 24 yards to key the first-quarter drive. Late in the half, Jeff Reed kicked a 34-yard field goal and the Steelers led by 10-3 at halftime.

Washington tied the game 10-10 with a 60-yard drive on its first possession of the second half. The touchdown came on a 3-yard pass from Daniel to Marko Mitchell over Burnett.

Burnett later gave up the lead with the fumble – his second fumbled return in two games – that put Logan back in contention for a roster spot.

"I think it's pretty obvious he did a nice job," Tomlin said of the explosive return man.

Tomlin was asked if Logan could win a roster spot as merely a return specialist.

"It's a possibility," Tomlin said. "He got our attention tonight."

Ben Roethlisberger sat out the game with a sore foot, but Tomlin said, "He's fine." Tomlin doesn't know the extent of Dixon's injury.

Right guard Chris Kemoeatu missed the game with a rib injury and was replaced in the starting lineup by Doug Legursky.

Aside from Logan, the Steelers' statistical leaders were Ziggy Hood with two sacks and Rashard Mendenhall with five carries for 26 yards. Dixon completed 8 of 16 passes for 68 yards and Batch completed 5 of 14 for 63 yards.


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