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LANDOVER Dexter Manley Jersey , Md. (AP) —  in middle school as Larry Fitzgerald caught passes in the NFL.Years later, Fitzgerald was patting Dunbar on the helmet for a job well done.Dunbar helped shut down Fitzgerald and other receivers in Week 1, picking off Sam Bradford and looking like the kind of player the Washington Redskins envisioned when they converted him from wideout to cornerback. His next challenge is Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts‘ passing attack as the Redskins look to start 2-0 for the first time since 2011.“Tough matchup,” Dunbar said. “He’s up there with the best of them in my opinion. You watch him, you see a guy who’s tough, smart, understands defenses.”Dunbar has already intercepted Carson Wentz, Eli Manning and Bradford in his career, evidence his instincts are worthy of the coaching staff’s faith. He had to embrace the “heart and mentality” of being able to make tackles, and he had five at Arizona.“I think it was one of his better games as a pro here,” coach Jay Gruden said. “He’s got to continue to make strides to get better and keep studying the game and the people he is covering.”Dunbar should continue to get plenty of playmaking opportunities because he’s starting opposite 2015 All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman. Luck, who missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury, is coming off a 39 of 53 passing performance with 319 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Colts’ season-opening loss to Cincinnati.Luck — and then Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in Week 3 — are significant tests for Dunbar, who insists he looks forward to every matchup and doesn’t take anyone lightly. What he does is trust what he sees on film Art Monk Jersey , combined with what coaches have taught him about the position. He’s has gotten to the point where he’s not a work in progress anymore.“I’ve been comfortable for a while,” Dunbar said. “(I’m) just trusting what the coaches wanted and the vision they had for me.”Some things to watch when the Colts visit the Redskins:HURRICANE READYHurricane Florence shifting south is likely to spare the Colts and Redskins from even rain on Sunday, but players and coaches are prepared.Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri is three field goals away from tying Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 and is ready in case the conditions aren’t ideal.“I don’t know if you get a lot of practice in those types of conditions, you just have go out pregame, try and work through some stuff, kind of find out what the parameters are, and then the game dictates your attempts anyway,” said Vinatieri, who won two Super Bowls with last-minute kicks and helped the Patriots win their first Super Bowl by making two kicks in the snow of a divisional-round game following the 2001 season. “The game sometimes dictates that you’ve got to go out and try a kick that normally, maybe, you wouldn’t.”Redskins QB Alex Smith has likewise played through everything during his NFL career, but doesn’t have any secrets about dealing with wacky weather.“It’s tough: fundamentals, attention to detail when you handle the ball every single play in weather, and obviously that’s a premium, you know Trent Williams Jersey , ball security, ball handling, in the pocket and things like that,” Smith said. “I wish I had some kind of secret sauce or something, but I don’t. I just try to do the best I can.”PROTECTION PLANLuck was sacked twice last week and took seven additional hits.While offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni was impressed with the effort, the Colts’ offensive line was not at its optimal. Longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo missed the game with an injured hamstring, forcing Joe Haeg to move from the right side to the left, and veteran J’Marcus Webb played right tackle.This week, Castonzo is expected to be back and Haeg is likely to swing back to the right side — where he spent most of his first two NFL seasons. Webb went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Tuesday.“It’s extremely tough because you want to be out there, helping the team,” Castonzo said. “So I’m looking forward to getting out there, yes.”DOUBLE THREATWashington’s 182 rushing yards in Week 1 led the NFL as Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson put together the mix-and-match, one-two punch Gruden hoped they’d be. While Thompson is a weapon in the passing game and can turn on the speed outside, Peterson has the straightahead style and ability to bounce runs anywhere.“When he’s on time, he’s great Alex Smith Jersey ,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “When he’s not on time, he improvises and is still able to do some great things. He’s just a Hall of Fame back and he’s one of the best to ever touch the football, so he’s going to allow you things like that where he just makes plays.” Jacoby Brissett wasn’t around to answer questions after the Colts’ 20-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He was still being evaluated for a head injury by team doctors even though he had cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol late in the third quarter. ”Scotty (Tolzien) started warming up as soon as Jacoby came out, because we could have lost him for the entire game,” coach Chuck Pagano said. ”So he went through the protocol and passed it and got back out there in time to run that series.” Team officials said Brissett was initially evaluated for a concussion on the sideline twice – once with team doctors and once by the unaffiliated neurological consultant. He passed both times. Then, after the game, he developed concussion-like symptoms again and returned to the protocol. Colts cornerback Kenny Moore also left in the third quarter with a concussion and tight end Darrell Daniels and linebacker Darnell Sankey both left with hamstring injuries in the fourth quarter. Steelers cornerback Joe Haden broke his left leg in the game. Starting safety Mike Mitchell left on a cart with an injured right ankle and did not return. Running back Devonta Freeman was hurt on Atlanta’s second offensive play in the Falcons’ win over the Cowboys. After gaining a yard on first down, he took a blow to the side of the head from Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Freeman was wobbly after the hit and walked off the field with the help of trainers. After a brief stint in the observation tent, he was taken to the locker room and didn’t return. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee also went out in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Saints coach Sean Payton said ”all the signs are positive” in updating the status of backup running back Daniel Lasco, who had feelings in his extremities after sustaining a spine injury while tackling Brandon Tate on a kickoff return six minutes into the second quarter. Lasco was loaded into an ambulance and transported to a Buffalo-area hospital. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes did not return after hurting his shin late in the second quarter. Packers running back Ty Montgomery ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but sat out the second half of the win against the Bears because of a rib injury. That left the Packers without their top two running backs after Aaron Jones hurt his knee in the first quarter. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said wide receiver Ryan Grant is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Running back Rob Kelley left with a knee/ankle injury in the first quarter and will have an MRI. Safety DeAngelo Hall sprained his right knee late in the second quarter. Linebacker Will Compton left with a foot injury and will have an MRI. Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns was carried to the locker room with a right leg injury late in regulation against the Chargers. Jaguars special teams ace Arrelious Benn injured his right knee in the first half and was later ruled out. The Jaguars lost long snapper Matt Overton (right shoulder) in the fourth quarter. Browns linebacker Jamie Collins left the game at Detroit with a knee injury when he intercepted a pass early in the game. Right tackle Shon Coleman (concussion) and tight end Randall Telfer (eye) were also hurt during the game. Lions running back Dwayne Washington left with a hip injury after picking up a first down on a 10-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Bengals cornerback Adam Jones left the field against the Titans with 8:57 left in the third quarter and was ruled out with a concussion. Texans receiver Will Fuller injured his ribs while receiving a huge hit from Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner in the first half. Rams left guard LG Rodger Saffold hurt his ankle in the second half. Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne left in the first half at Tampa Bay with a foot injury. Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III left in the second half with a sore hamstring and did not return. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle), left guard Justin Pugh (back) and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (groin) left the game with injuries for the Giants. —