THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Washington Redskins are headed for a bowl game.
The Redskins will open the 2002 preseason in Osaka, Japan, against the San Francisco 49ers in the American Bowl on Aug. 3. It’s the team’s first overseas preseason game since playing San Francisco in 1992 in London.
Coach Marty Schottenheimer expects the Redskins to practice with the 49ers for three days before the game. The team still will train four weeks in Carlisle, Pa., with camp starting around July 19.
Unlike many coaches who consider overseas trips disruptive, Schottenheimer took the Kansas City Chiefs twice to Japan and to Germany from 1994 to 1998.
“I like the fact we get another preseason game,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to work with somebody else. It breaks up training camp.”
The Redskins were expected to play in the 2002 overseas game after volunteering for it this season, according to NFL sources. However, the league decided to play only the traditional Dallas-Houston preseason game in Mexico City. Osaka was chosen over German and Brazilian sites.
The remaining preseason games were announced without firm dates. Washington will travel to Carolina (Aug. 8-12) and Tampa Bay (Aug. 22-26) and play host to Pittsburgh (Aug. 15-19) and New England (Aug. 29-Sept. 1).