- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2000

Washington Redskins center Cory Raymer may be lost for the season after re-injuring his right knee during practice yesterday.
No decision will be made on Raymer for several days, but team sources expect he'll undergo season-ending surgery for a torn meniscus. The injury has already cost him five weeks.
Coach Norv Turner admitted Raymer's injury was a "setback," but declined comment until medical test results in coming days. Raymer also has been sidelined by two strained knee ligaments.
Raymer was performing agility drills during the afternoon workout when his knee suddenly buckled. The six-year veteran returned to practice Wednesday after a standout rehabilitation since the Aug. 14 injury. Raymer hoped it was merely a two-week setback, but that would still cause him to miss nearly half the season.
"It just gave out a little bit and that's all it took," Raymer said. "My gut feeling [was that] it was a lot worse, but it mellowed out. I can do a lot with it. Hopefully, it's just a little setback and a couple weeks down the road we'll try it again."
Teammates already reeling from a numerous off-field distractions over recent days seemed shocked by Raymer leaving the field on a cart. Many had hoped he would return Oct. 1 against Tampa Bay.
"Cory is such a competitor and been a leader on the line for a lot of years," said tight end Stephen Alexander. "Everyone's looking forward to him coming back."
Center Mark Fischer continues as Raymer's replacement. While Fischer struggled during the 27-21 loss to Dallas on Monday, including a deep snap over quarterback Brad Johnson's head, the third-year veteran has played credibly during his first three career starts.
"Cory has the great experience and been through all things [Fischer] is going through, but Mark has done a great job," Turner said.
Meanwhile, tight end James Jenkins is questionable against the New York Giants on Sunday after missing practice with a strained neck that was aggravated against Dallas after earlier problems.
Fullback Larry Centers (hyperextended elbow) and guard Keith Sims (Achilles tendinitis) could practice today after missing two straight practices. Sims is expected to start, but Centers remains doubtful.

Where's 'Prime'?

Cornerback Deion Sanders dismissed challenges that his 2.7-yard average on seven punt returns indicates he's slowing down.
"Don't think I haven't been trying," he said. "I might have had a little something to do with that reverse run [54 yards by Champ Bailey] Monday night. Who would have ever thought I would say 'Coach, let us run a reverse, because they're coming at me, and give it to Champ. That didn't just fall out of a tree."

Worth the price

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team's move in spending $350 for admission and parking during the Redskins training camp contributed to beating the Redskins. Cowboys scout Larry Dixon attended every practice, the Baltimore scrimmage, four preseason games and the first two regular-season games preparing his report for Dallas coaches.
"I'm not tooting my own horn, but I believe I know more about the Washington Redskins than anyone outside their organization," Dixon told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I probably know too much … [because] you can't possibly put it all down for a team to get to know."
Redskins coach Norv Turner often said scouts didn't learn much about the team because the open workouts were basic schemes, but the Cowboys certainly differ.
The Giants also scouted the Redskins practices daily.

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