The Washington Times - September 25, 2008, 05:28PM

The original prognosis on quarterback Jordan Steffy was somewhere between three or four weeks.

Well, it’s been about that long now, so I broached the subject with coach Ralph Friedgen today.

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“He says he still has trouble gripping the ball,” Friedgen said. “They’re saying at least another two weeks. I had a similar injury and it took me a long time. I was a lineman, but I remember when I was coaching I still had trouble gripping the ball and that was two years after I broke my thumb. That’s a tough injury.”

This sort of confirms the suspicions anyone rational would have had about a quarterback suffering a thumb injury. In short, it’s an especially brutal problem for someone who needs full control of their hands to be effective. Steffy won’t be back until after the bye, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he needs longer than that to have a realistic chance to play.

I’m pretty sure it was the first time Steffy’s name has come up in a session with Ralph in three weeks; Chris Turner’s solid play the last two games and Josh Portis‘ performance in the fourth quarter on Saturday seem to have assuaged concerns at quarterback.

But it’s a safe bet Steffy will do as much as he can in the next month or two to make himself available to be in the mix again.

“He’s out there every day working and helping everybody and contributing the best he can,” Friedgen said.

Patrick Stevens