- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer was busy even before the game began.

The former Chiefs coach was greeted with light applause by a sparse crowd at Arrowhead Stadium last night when he entered the field with the team for warmups. Schottenheimer, who coached the Chiefs for 10 years before he resigned in 1998, wondered publicly if the fans would remember him. And if they did, Schottenheimer questioned whether it would be a positive reunion.

The answer came quickly and warmly.

Schottenheimer hugged Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt near midfield when he met with Redskins owners Dan Snyder and Fred Drasner nearly 30 minutes before the game. The quartet even posed for a picture.

Then there was a steady stream of well-wishing Chiefs employees. Chairman Jack Steadman shook Schottenheimer's hand, and so did several others.

But Schottenheimer always kept an eye on his players throughout warmups. He walked through the team during stretching and even waved his arms in the air. Schottenheimer ranged from receiver drills to clapping encouragement to the offensive line just like at every training camp practice. He stood beside returner Michael Bates during a fair catch to ensure proper footwork and met with center Mark Fischer over the latter's blocking responsibilities in the jumbo goal-line package.

Schottenheimer headed to the tunnel for a final talk with players, but first there were handshakes for members of the Chiefs band. Even a half dozen guards surged toward him and wished him well before he could reach the locker room.

Ten players out

The Redskins left seven players in Carlisle, Pa., for treatment while three others dressed without playing.

Quarterback Jeff George (shoulder), tight end Stephen Alexander (hamstring) and guard Ben Coleman (knee) dressed, but all were told they wouldn't play. George is expected to miss another week with tendinitis. Thus far, he has practiced just four times during training camp. Alexander could return in coming days after missing nearly two weeks. Coleman (sore knees) was lightly used in the past week, but when healthy remains a possible starting candidate. Mookie Moore started at right guard, but the position is still open.

Defensive ends Marco Coleman (back) and Bruce Smith (shoulder) remained behind after being injured last week. Offensive tackle Ross Tucker (knee), safety Jason Kaiser (groin), cornerback Terry Bryant (knee) and safety Eric Whitfield (shoulder) also didn't travel.

May Day time

Mark May joined WJFK as a preseason radio analyst while Sonny Jurgensen works the WRC television booth. Jurgensen appeared with longtime radio partners Sam Huff and Frank Herzog for pre-and post-game reports plus the halftime show. May was one of the Redskins famed Hog offensive linemen from 1981 to '89.

Reunion time

Schottenheimer wasn't the only member of the Redskins staff to have a homecoming at Arrowhead Stadium. Seventeen coaches, players or support staff have ties to Kansas City, including offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer.

The pregame workouts and stretching saw plenty of mingling between players and coaches from both teams.

Extra points

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