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D.J. Swearinger gets first career sack in Texans' win

Hunting season is in session for the Houston Texans defense and D.J. Swearinger, who had his first career sack midway through the first quarter of Sunday's 17-6 win over Washington.

"It was sort of an instinctive play," Swearinger said. "I was dropping back in coverage and as soon as I saw the boot, I thought I could take off and have time before he released the ball and I guess right."

Swearinger sacked Robert Griffin III for a loss of eight yards. The second-year safety broke up a pass intended for DeSean Jackson on the very next play to end the drive.

In the third quarter, Swearinger forced a fumble on fullback Darrel Young following a 48-yard gain. Safety Kendrick Lewis recovered to to give Houston possession at its 9-yard line. Swearinger said he was disappointed after the strip because of a miscommunication that left a man open.

"He wasn't supposed to catch that ball from the beginning," Swearinger said. "It was my bad on the coverage. We had to finish. I just thought I'd strip the ball out and I got it out. It was just a play of me finishing and I made the play."

Swearinger, who punctuated his plays with his signature "two spoons" celebration, also finished with six tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits, and a forced fumble.

"He's a passionate guy," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He loves football. He doesn't want to make a mistake. He wants to be good; he works extremely hard; he's always out at practice. Just like everyone else, there's probably a couple of plays he wishes he had back but I believe he's a much-improved player and he just needs to keep working and keep getting better and that's going to help our team."

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