Redskins already have quarterback problems

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001

WASHINGTON -- With both Jeff George and Todd Husak injured, the Washington Redskins are doing some emergency quarterback shopping.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer spent Monday scouring a very thin market to prepare for a short week of practice before Friday night's game against Atlanta. George has tendinitis in his shoulder, and Husak strained a rib muscle during warmups before Sunday night's 20-0 exhibition loss at Kansas City.

''We have to make sure we have enough able arms to be able to compete,'' Schottenheimer said.

The coach said he was not looking to trade, limiting his choice to unemployed veterans including Danny Kanell, Jim Druckenmiller, Moses Moreno and former Redskins quarterback John Friesz.

George has taken part in just two full days of practice, since training camp began two weeks ago, because of a sore shoulder which will only be cured with rest. At best, Schottenheimer said George might do some ''light throwing'' on his own this week.

Seahawks' Springs hamstrung for four to six weeks

CHENEY, Wash. -- Cornerback Shawn Springs has a torn left hamstring, an injury that could force him to miss the start of the regular season for the Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Springs is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks.

''You know how it goes,'' Holmgren said. ''Sometimes they come back sooner, sometimes it takes a little more time.''

Springs tore the hamstring Saturday early in the second quarter of the Seahawks' game against Indianapolis.

Veteran Willie Williams filled in for Springs during Monday's morning practice but Holmgren said it was too early to decide on the full-time replacement.

Vikings probably won't go with Moe at running back

MANKATO, Minn. -- Moe Williams' bid to become the Minnesota Vikings' starting running back probably is coming to an end before it started. Williams will miss his second exhibition game, against Pittsburgh on Thursday, because of a foot injury.

Meanwhile, rookie Michael Bennett made an impressive debut against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday by rushing for 79 yards on nine carries. Doug Chapman, who started, gained 21 yards rushing on six carries.

Panthers defuse controversy with confusing rhetoric

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Turk Schonert admits that Jeff Lewis and Chris Weinke are in competition.

But not with each other.

In the team's most recent attempt to defuse a controversy over Carolina's starting quarterback job, the team's quarterback coach said that both Lewis, a five-year backup, and the Heisman Trophy-winning rookie Weinke is competing against himself.

''Jeff is the starting quarterback -- there's no question about that,'' he said Monday. ''Jeff is competing with himself and handling the starting position. Chris is competing with being a rookie and learning the system and understanding it and executing it.''

Schonert said Lewis and Weinke, who are 1-2 on the Panthers depth chart, must begin looking for the third option when their first two receivers are covered.

But he likes what he's seen of Weinke, who he says throws a better deep ball than Lewis.

''Chris is one of those guys who can stick his foot in the ground and put the ball downfield,'' Schonert said.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) -- Robert Edwards went through his first full-squad workout since his devastating leg injury 2 1/2 years ago.

''If I didn't have confidence, I wouldn't be here right now,'' he said Monday. ''I would have given up.''

Edwards was slowed by a groin injury the first week of camp. He's competing with J.R. Redmond, Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk at running back and lost valuable practice time during the nearly three weeks he was sidelined with the groin problem.

Edwards is used to setbacks.

He was given little chance of playing after damaging the knee and nerves in his left leg during a beach football game among NFL rookies on Feb. 5, 1999, during Pro Bowl week in Hawaii. He rushed for 1,115 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

''The good thing is my knee hasn't bothered me the whole time'' in camp, Edwards said. ''I'm just trying to get over this groin injury, which is a typical football injury.

''At this point, I don't really get upset or frustrated anymore. I just be patient and wait for it to happen.''

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DENVER (AP) -- Olandis Gary, who played in his first game Saturday since a knee injury last September, said it will take a few games before he's back at full speed.

Gary carried the ball 10 times for 35 yards in a the Broncos' 20-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Gary and Mike Anderson, who had 33 yards in seven carries, are competing for the starting job at running back. Terrell Davis, the NFL's 1998 MVP, has swelling in his surgically repaired right knee and tightness in his hamstring.

''I'm a little rusty, and it's going to be that way for a while,'' said Gary, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last year after gaining 1,159 in 12 games as a rookie when Davis was hurt.

''I've just got to get acclimated back out there, working with the guys again and just getting used to taking those hits and how fast football really is,'' he said.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Giants safety Sam Garnes sat out both practices on Monday because of a sprained right ankle.

Garnes hasn't missed much time since spraining the ankle Aug. 1, but it has been sore in recent days.

Offensive tackle Lomas Brown returned to practice on Monday. The 17-year veteran missed Sunday's workout with a sore lower right leg.

''I know if I put a little pressure on it, I can still feel it,'' Brown said. ''It's there.''

Halfback Tiki Barber (hand), receiver Joe Jurevicius (back), center Dusty Zeigler (ankle) and halfback Sean Bennett (hamstring) were among 13 players who missed practice on Monday.

Coach Jim Fassel hopes to have Bennett back next week. He missed last season with a knee injury and he has not practiced since camp opened.

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UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit wide receivers Germane Crowell and Herman Moore took part in contact drills Monday for the first time in two weeks.

Crowell is finally over a nagging muscle pull in his right quadriceps, while Moore has worked through his separated shoulder.

''They are veterans, so the learning curve for them should be straightened out very quickly,'' Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg said. ''They're both starters that we finally got back, and now we're off and running.''

Moore is out until the regular season starts. He ran conditioning drills extensively over the past two weeks in an attempt to stay in shape.

''I've been here, but the only thing I've missed is the physical contact,'' Moore said. ''I've been running and doing other things but I wanted to put the pads on my shoulders and see how it felt. It felt great today.''

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Greg Williams' debut as the Buffalo Bills' head coach didn't exactly go as planned. But he may have found his starting running back in rookie Travis Henry.

Henry was clearly the Bills best player Sunday. Working with the second unit, he gained 47 yards on six carries, including a 25-yard run for the Bills' only touchdown.

Henry is quickly moving up the depth chart and could be the team's starting tailback. His two competitors -- incumbent Sammy Morris and third-year veteran Shawn Bryson -- combined for minus-1 yard on 11 carries.

''Every single time that Travis gets the opportunity to play, he shows us that he deserves more time,'' Williams said.

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Cool Pacific breezes and hundreds of cheering, flag-waving fans greeted the Dallas Cowboys on Monday as they made Southern California's Ventura County their training-camp home for the first time since 1989.

Fans roared as a police escort led three buses into the parking lot and continued clapping, holding up signs and rattling cowbells as players walked to their rooms.

''I really appreciate them still standing by us,'' defensive end Greg Ellis said. ''We haven't done good since I've been here, haven't done well in the playoffs, and our fans are still loyal. We owe them something, I feel like.''

About 20 miles southeast is California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where the Cowboys trained for 27 straight summers starting in 1963. They left after Jimmy Johnson's first year as coach because he decided the team needed to train in hotter weather.

Too much heat brought the Cowboys back to their roots.

After last year's camp left players worn out at the start of the season, team officials decided to split this summer's practices between Wichita Falls and Oxnard. The high in Oxnard this week will be about the same as the low in Wichita Falls.



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