- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 13, 2001

Washington Redskins defensive end Dorian Boose went from Good Samaritan to scapegoat. Now he's the survivor.
Boose will start in place of injured defensive end Bruce Smith against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. It's a sharp contrast to last week, when Boose visited family in Georgia during a one-game suspension over a sideline fracas. Boose tried to help linebacker Shawn Barber during a fight in front of the Green Bay bench on Sept. 24. Instead, he inadvertently bumped an official and received his first career personal foul. NFL officials later suspended and fined Boose for improper contact with an official and unnecessary roughness that cost him $33,382.
"I wanted to just break up the fight," Boose said. "I didn't even see the ref until I saw film. I was shocked. I've never been charged with a personal foul in my life. If anything, I'm usually helping pull refs from piles. Even though the whole thing was incidental I know now not to do it."
Boose started during the preseason when Smith suffered his first shoulder injury. The 1998 second-rounder signed with Washington on Aug. 6 after playing sparingly in three seasons for the New York Jets. Boose is a promising pass rusher who needs to improve his run defense.
"Technically, his run defense is OK as long as he gets his footwork right," coach Marty Schottenheimer said.
Boose got his first career start with the knowledge that Smith will miss several games. It's Boose's chance to showcase himself in a nationally televised game.
"You learn as much as you can and practice hard," Boose said. "Now it's my turn to show what I have and the contribution I can bring to this team."
Tyrone Williams, after playing extensively against the Giants, will spell left end Kenard Lang and Boose. Williams, the former Kansas City Chief, was signed Sept. 26 in part because he had a knowledge of the defensive scheme used by Washington.
"He's very sound technically and has the instincts to play both end and tackle," Schottenheimer said.

Long shot starter
Linebacker Antonio Pierce just wanted to make the practice squad before training camp. Monday the rookie free agent will start his second straight game following Barber's season-ending knee injury.
Schottenheimer, following a glowing scouting report, signed Pierce without reviewing film of him. Pierce's ability to grasp the team's new playbook caught Schottenheimer's attention early in camp.
"When you love something, you want to be the best at it," Pierce said. "I can just see something once and pick it up. It's always in my mind."
Now Pierce simply has to adjust to the regular-season pace, which requires a faster reaction.
"Where he runs into a problem [like many rookies] is when he sees it for the first time at full speed he doesn't react quick enough and his opportunity to make the play is gone," Schottenheimer said.
Said Pierce: "There's a lot of things I haven't seen. I just try to improve on something I did wrong the previous week. I haven't had a chance to look back at what I've accomplished so far. I just want to move forward."

Health watch
For the first time since suffering a sprained ankle Oct. 7, cornerback Champ Bailey expects to practice today and play against Dallas on Monday. Bailey claims he is 70 percent healthy after improving this week.
"I hate to go out there when I'm still gimping around," Bailey said of practice. "It didn't make any sense."
Smith offered no firm recovery timetable from a separated shoulder but likely will miss three or four games.
"I don't want to be a passive player," he said. "I have to be able to play like I normally have over my career. That's not sitting back. I want to take the fight to the opponent."


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