- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

First there was disbelief, then anger and acceptance. The Washington Redskins were stunned by the release of quarterback Jeff George yesterday although conceding that the heavy roster turnover since last year no longer fazes them.
Only 23 of 53 Redskins remain from last season the NFL's highest turnover making the survivors inured to changes. George's departure leaves rookie quarterback Sage Rosenfels as the senior Redskin among quarterbacks despite a tenure of only five months since he was drafted in the fourth round.
"I think some guys were a little shocked," said quarterback Tony Banks, who will start Sunday against Kansas City. "I don't think anybody expected that, but this is a business. Everybody understands you've got to move on."
Said cornerback Fred Smoot: "We're 0-2, and there has to be a change."
Coach Marty Schottenheimer claimed George's release wouldn't prove disruptive to the majority of the team.
"The only disruption will be that 20 percent that would disagree with the decision," he said. "Another 20 percent, their opinion is, 'This is exactly what we should do,' and the other 60 percent is fine with it either way. I don't view it as a disruption."
Players had largely supported George in recent weeks after a lukewarm response to his presence last year. George was dragged after a sack by Dallas defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban last season without one teammate coming to his aid.
But teammates largely blamed the worst two-game offensive start in team history on more than George's play.
"We need a little bit of everything," tight end Stephen Alexander said. "You look at the film and there are some good things, but not consistently."
Rosenfels said he's ready to play if needed after four preseason and two regular-season games. He'll be the No. 2 man against the Chiefs while Kent Graham, signed yesterday as a free agent, learns the system.
"I don't think a lot of guys care who's back there as long as we're moving the ball and scoring points," Rosenfels said. "I've been through six games, and once a rookie has been through six games he's now a sophomore. I'm getting a quick adjustment to the NFL life, but I was fortunate enough to get a lot of reps with the [second string] and play a lot in the preseason."

Greer to IR

Cornerback Donovan Greer was placed on injured reserve as expected with a serious ACL injury. Schottenheimer wouldn't say whether Greer's ACL is torn, but the coach expects him to undergo knee surgery.
Cornerback Central McClellion was promoted from the practice squad to replace Greer. McClellion is a former undrafted free agent out of Ohio State with no NFL experience but two seasons in NFL Europe.
The Redskins made one other signing in addition to the minimum-salary deal for quarterback Kent Graham, picking up defensive lineman Tyrone Williams. Williams, 28, played 10 games for the Kansas City Chiefs and three games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, with the Chiefs experience making him familiar with the Redskins' system. The end/tackle replaces defensive end David Bowens, who was waived Tuesday.

Extra points

Defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach will make his first career start Sunday, filling in while Kenard Lang moves to left end for injured Marco Coleman. Coleman, who suffered a dislocated elbow Monday at Green Bay, has been ruled out for this game, and team sources say he could miss more than a month.
Linebacker LaVar Arrington is questionable because of a Grade II MCL sprain that easily could sideline him 2-4 weeks. Guard David Brandt, who missed Monday's game with a sprained knee, is probable. He continues to compete against Matt Campbell to start at right guard.

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