Redskins upbeat despite loss

LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Ailing tackle: Left tackle Trent Williams played one game after suffering a partial dislocation of his kneecap. It wasn’t easy. Even in pregame, Williams clearly was not right. Afterward, as he stood at his locker, he admitted it was a difficult night for him. “It felt like crap but I fought through it,” he said. “As a captain and as a leader, there are some things you just have to do.” Williams left the game with cramps but did return.

Moral victory? The Redskins’ locker room was a lively place, even in defeat. There was loud chatter emanating from the shower area. There were players joking. Whether this is good or bad usually will be determined by how they respond throughout the week and in the following game. But, yes, they felt good that they weren’t embarrassed for a second straight prime-time game. “We’re 1-4 and disappointed, but it was the defending Super Bowl champions and we went toe-to-toe with those guys,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “That’s something to hang our heads high on.”

Talk of the town: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was a main topic in the locker room – as he should have been given what he did in the game. Ryan Kerrigan, surrounded by a horde of reporters, summed it up: “He was a special player tonight.”