- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

CARLISLE, Pa. Washington Redskins quarterback Jeff George is expected to miss about two weeks because the tendinitis in his throwing shoulder flared up.
An MRI yesterday afternoon preliminarily showed no structural damage. Coach Marty Schottenheimer ruled George out of practice for the week and said George will not play in Sunday's preseason opener at the Kansas City Chiefs.
A source close to George said the quarterback must rest his shoulder about two weeks. Dr. James Andrews was scheduled to review the MRI last night to search for further damage.
"I'm not concerned at all, and I don't think [team officials] are either," George said after sitting out both practices. "[I'm going to] just rest. Throwing twice a day is going to aggravate it. I'll just do what they tell me. I'll keep taking the medicine and see how it feels later on. I don't think it's anything that's going to linger. I hope not. The good thing is that this is the start of [training] camp. I've got some time to let it heal."
George last threw full strength on the morning of July 31. He then returned to regular drills Sunday afternoon and completed practice, but "a sharp pain" in his shoulder convinced the club to do a more thorough evaluation.
"I felt real good when I was out here loosening up [Sunday]," George said. "But it was just a different story as soon as I put some zing on it. That's when I felt it again."
Said Schottenheimer: "We were on the right track with resting him. We just didn't rest him long enough."
Among other injuries, defensive end Marco Coleman strained his back in the morning session and is likely to miss a few days, while tight end Stephen Alexander did some more activity as he recovers from a strained hamstring but probably won't practice this week.
Second-year quarterback Todd Husak will start Sunday's exhibition. Schottenheimer said Husak will play at least a half, likely giving way to rookie Sage Rosenfels early in the third quarter.
Husak, 23, has thrown just two NFL passes, but the Redskins are hopeful he can win the backup position by the end of camp. The club held off on acquiring a veteran backup this offseason, partly because of salary cap constraints and partly because Schottenheimer believed Husak should have a chance to prove himself.
"Let's watch him play in a couple preseason games and then I can give a more accurate assessment [of where he is]," Schottenheimer said. "You develop a comfort level out here in practice… . When [the young quarterbacks] go into [Arrowhead Stadium], then we'll see what kind of comfort level they have."
This summer the club considered Trent Dilfer, who won last season's Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and others like Carolina Panthers castoff Steve Beuerlein. But the market now is dry; Dilfer signed last week with the Seattle Seahawks. Remaining are free agents like former Redskin John Friesz (1994), Stoney Case and Danny Kanell.
Schottenheimer said he isn't interested in any quarterbacks on the market. He might take a look at those who are cut from other clubs' camps, particularly Beuerlein or former Redskin Gus Frerotte if one of the two is released by the Denver Broncos, who will start Brian Griese.
"We still have three healthy arms here," Schottenheimer said. "That wouldn't preclude [signing a quarterback] somewhere down the road, but at this point, no."
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre experienced tendinitis in his throwing shoulder during the 2000 preseason, and it ended up affecting him most of the year. But the Redskins believe George can overcome his injury if all he has is tendinitis.
"Tendinitis will go away," Schottenheimer said. "There's any number of protocols you can use [to treat it]. But generally rest is the important thing."
And George said he probably would hasten the recovery process if he had to play a regular season game.
"What you need is time," George said. "Luckily it's not gameday, so I wouldn't have to make that decision. I think you'd take different steps if it was gameday, whether you would shoot it up with cortisone or [use another treatment]."
Schottenheimer is being especially cautious because he doesn't want George to alter his throwing motion to compensate for the injury. But the coach acknowledged that George's absence from camp might force the offense to trim its playbook for the Sept. 9 regular season opener at the San Diego Chargers.
Staff writer Rick Snider contributed to this report.

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