- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey appeared to be in some pain and was a bit less optimistic yesterday when asked about his ailing foot and his status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

“I don’t want to be negative, because I felt like this last week and I was able to play,” Ramsey said. “I’m going to do everything I can do to play.”

Ramsey wouldn’t say whether he plans to practice today, though he did say, “I expect to be better.”

On Monday, coach Steve Spurrier revealed the injury — an old fracture that recently flared up — saying it seemed to affect the way Ramsey planted his right foot. Against Carolina on Sunday, the second-year quarterback had several poor throws.

Ramsey wasn’t sure when he first fractured his foot; it might have happened in high school. The injury resurfaced in training camp, when an X-ray confirmed a slight fracture. The injury, currently dubbed a bruise by team officials, flared up when Ramsey planted on a play-action bootleg in the Nov.9 win over Seattle.

Last week Ramsey began to feel significantly better Thursday, and he hopes to follow a similar track of recovery this week. However, he admitted it feels worse this week “without a doubt.”

Notes — Mike Pereira, the NFL’s director of officiating, said officials Sunday made a “great call” on Stephen Davis’ winning touchdown. Speaking on “NFL Total Access” on the NFL Network, Pereira said the replay confirmed their call, though he added that if they had ruled Davis had been stopped, there was not enough visual evidence to overturn that call. …

Left tackle Chris Samuels said his inflamed knee isn’t an issue following Monday’s MRI. He plans to practice today. … Fullback Rock Cartwright remained in a walking boot and probably won’t practice today. … The Redskins signed former Auburn center Ben Nowland to the practice squad.

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