- The Washington Times - Monday, October 20, 2003

Patrick Ramsey walked gingerly out of Redskin Park yesterday, his bruised right hand wrapped in bandages and his bruised right hip leaving him with a mild limp.

The Washington Redskins quarterback, though, was well aware things could have been a lot worse. He could have sustained far more serious injuries during Sunday’s pounding in Buffalo, and he also could have far less time to recover.

As it stands, Ramsey figures to miss a couple of days of practice this week. Thanks to the Redskins’ upcoming bye, he expects to be back in plenty of time to prepare for the Nov.2 game at Dallas. Coach Steve Spurrier said his quarterback “should be OK in a week or so.”

“[My hand is] pretty sore, and my hip’s pretty sore today,” Ramsey said. “Both are pretty swollen, but I think both are going to be fine. I think I’ll be ready to go hopefully by the end of the week.”

Ramsey took plenty of hits during the first six weeks of the season, but always managed to bounce back up. When he slammed his throwing hand into a Bills’ defender in the fourth quarter Sunday, though, the second-year quarterback finally stayed down. He left the game with nine minutes remaining and the Redskins trailing by 17, leaving backup Rob Johnson to mop up.

Ramsey said he probably would have been able to suit up if Washington had a game this Sunday, but he definitely appreciates the well-timed bye week.

“I think it’s a good week [for the bye], but I think I could probably play,” said Ramsey, who has been sacked a league-high 22 times. “I don’t like going into games having not practiced. But I think it’s good that I’ll be able to sit this out.”

Running out of backs

Follow-up tests on Ladell Betts yesterday confirmed the Redskins running back fractured his left radius (one of two forearm bones) in Sunday’s game. The nature of the injury makes it difficult for Betts to rotate his wrist, so team doctors have instructed him to refrain from any football activities for about three weeks.

“They just said that it’s probably something I can’t play with,” Betts said. “If it breaks all the way through, it can become displaced and cause surgery.”

Betts’ injury leaves the Redskins severely depleted at tailback. Starter Trung Canidate sat out Sunday’s game with a mild high ankle sprain, leaving scat back Chad Morton and fullback Rock Cartwright to handle the entire workload in the second half.

Spurrier was pleased with Morton’s effort (seven carries, 32 yards), but the 5-foot-7 back acknowledged he’s unlikely to be used over an entire game. Rookie Sultan McCullough, who never made it onto the field despite being active for the first time this season, will be thrown into the mix more this week as Canidate attempts to come back.

Other injuries

Washington’s injury report is as lengthy as it’s been all season. In addition to Ramsey, Betts and Canidate, defensive tackle Martin Chase (strained calf), offensive tackle Chris Samuels (stinger) and wide receiver Darnerien McCants (sprained ankle) suffered injuries on Sunday.

None are considered serious, but all will sit out practice today.

They’ll be joined on the sideline by cornerback Fred Smoot (bruised sternum), nose tackle Jermaine Haley (fractured thumb) and guard Dave Fiore (knee surgery), who were all inactive for Sunday’s game. Smoot said he will be examined by doctors Monday to determine his progress.

Veterans Bruce Smith and Jeremiah Trotter will take their regularly scheduled days off to rest aching knees.

Extra points

The Redskins worked out seven players yesterday: running backs Fred Talley and Travis Stephens, defensive backs Willie Miles and Calvin Carlyle, offensive linemen Bernard Robertson and Mitch White and defensive end Erik Flowers. Club officials said they expect to sign one or two from the bunch in coming days, but none would be considered significant additions. …

Club officials said there are no plans to increase the responsibilities of consultant Foge Fazio. Fazio, a veteran NFL defensive coordinator and former Redskins linebackers coach, has been working for the team this season as a special assistant to personnel. …

Players weren’t the only ones hobbling around Redskin Park yesterday. Spurrier had his ailing right knee scoped. The Ball Coach arrived at the complex yesterday morning on crutches, but eschewed them later on for his afternoon news conference.

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