- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Taylor Jacobs will have to wait at least one more week before making his NFL debut.

The Washington Redskins’ rookie wide receiver, still suffering from a bruised pancreas in the preseason finale, will not play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

“He’s still not quite ready as far as the doctors are concerned,” coach Steve Spurrier said.

Jacobs, the Redskins’ second-round draft pick from Florida, was on the field in shoulder pads and shorts during practice yesterday, but once again he was limited to individual drills.

Team doctors are concerned that Jacobs could suffer further injury if he were to get hit. He underwent a CAT scan Tuesday, and the doctors decided yesterday not to clear him to play.

“He’s not supposed to get hit in the stomach area right now,” Spurrier said.

Jacobs hurt himself late during the Redskins’ exhibition finale at Jacksonville when he dived for a pass and inadvertently was kicked by an opposing player. The injury caused enzymes produced in his pancreas to leak into his bloodstream and put him in the hospital for five days.

Darnerien McCants, who caught a touchdown pass in Washington’s season-opening win over the New York Jets, is expected to be the No.3 receiver again, with Patrick Johnson also seeing action.

Dalton, Chase rotate in

Jermaine Haley and Bernard Holsey once again are slated to start at defensive tackle, but newcomers Lional Dalton and Martin Chase continue to push for more playing time.

Dalton and Chase, both veterans acquired late in the preseason, were on the field for about 15 to 20 snaps each during the Jets game. Now that they are becoming familiar with the Redskins’ defensive scheme, they are likely to see more action.

“I think each week the more the coaches feel more comfortable with me in the system, the more time they’re going to put me in the game,” said Dalton, a 13-game starter with Denver last season. “Eventually, hopefully I can start.”

Washington’s defensive coaches plan to continue increasing Dalton and Chase’s reps, with the ultimate goal an interchangeable, four-man tackle rotation among Haley, Holsey, Dalton and Chase.

“We’re not looking at each other as being the starters or the backups,” Chase said. “I think we’re just able to help each other out and keep each other fresh. I think we’re coming along real well as a group.”

Dalton and Chase also could see more playing time this week, because Haley (fractured thumb) will be attempting to play with a cast on his right hand.

Injury update

Spurrier said starting tight end Zeron Flemister is “very doubtful” for Sunday’s game with a strained Achilles’ tendon. Flemister did not practice again yesterday. Robert Royal would start in his place, with Kevin Ware signed off the practice squad to serve as the second-string tight end.

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey (swollen right knee) practiced with an elastic brace for the second day but did not appear to be hindered at all on the field. “It’s fine,” said Ramsey, who is officially listed as “probable” for Sunday’s game. “There’s no problem with my knee at all.”

Extra points

After last week’s surprising white-on-white uniform display, LaVar Arrington says fans should expect the Redskins to wear their traditional colors this week. “It’s not meant for every week,” the linebacker said. “You just do it for special occasions, for big games. So when it’s a big game, you can probably expect us to do something a little interesting.”

The players voted to go for the all-white look also because of heat concerns, prompting Arrington to take a slight shot at former defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, who had the Bengals debut last Sunday in black jerseys and pants. “A team that goes out with all black in 80 degree weather, I don’t know what point you’re trying to prove.” …

Cornerback Champ Bailey, who grew up and went to college in Georgia, will play his first professional game in his home state Sunday. Bailey is originally from Folkston, Ga., about a four-hour drive from Atlanta, and expects to have about 25 friends and relatives in the crowd. The former Georgia Bulldog isn’t concerned whether the rest of those in attendance will be cheering or booing him. “As long as I have my inner circle of people cheering for me, I’m fine,” Bailey said. “I can stand the boos, that’s fine.”


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