- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Patrick Ramsey missed the bulk of yesterday’s practice, but the Washington Redskins quarterback does not expect his sprained left shoulder to keep him from playing Sunday against the New York Giants.

“It’s still sore,” Ramsey said of the injury to his non-throwing shoulder. “I’m probably going to have some limited participation today. I’ll just do what I can. … I think I certainly should be able to play [Sunday]. I don’t foresee not being able to at all.”

Ramsey was injured late in the first half of last week’s win at Atlanta when he was sacked by Falcons defensive end Travis Hall. Unable to lift his left arm above his head, Ramsey still posted career highs in completions (25) and passing yards (356) to lead Washington to its come-from-behind victory.

After two days of treatment, Ramsey felt better yesterday, but he was kept out of pads and restricted to only some light tossing and footwork drills. Backup quarterback Rob Johnson took most of the snaps during practice.

“Patrick was pretty close to being able to practice today,” said coach Steve Spurrier, who officially listed Ramsey as probable for Sunday’s game. “The trainer kept him out. His left shoulder, it’s just sort of stiff. He’ll be OK.”

Ramsey’s top receiving target, Laveranues Coles, practiced fully yesterday and is showing no ill effects from the pair of hits he took in Atlanta that resulted in a sprained neck. He’s also listed as probable.

The prognosis isn’t as good for fellow receiver Taylor Jacobs, who was declared out for the third straight week with a bruised pancreas. Doctors continue to worry about Jacobs, the Redskins’ second-round draft pick, getting hit in the stomach, but Spurrier said he is not concerned about the injury lingering much longer.

Zeron Flemister (strained Achilles’ heel) did not practice yesterday, and Spurrier said he doubts the starting tight end will play this week. Robert Royal will once again start, with rookie Kevin Ware likely signed off the practice squad.

Watching Isabel

With Hurricane Isabel expected to sweep through the region sometime this afternoon, the Redskins moved today’s practice up to 9 a.m. The team usually practices at 2 p.m., but the coaching staff wanted to make sure it could get in a full session and then send everyone home before the worst of the storm hits.

“We’re going to try to beat the weather a little bit,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think it’s supposed to hit bad until tomorrow afternoon, so we’ll try to practice a little in the morning and start finalizing our plans for the Giants.”

A handful of Redskins players have previous hurricane experience. Ramsey, who grew up in Louisiana, and cornerback Fred Smoot, who is from Mississippi, have both been through them before.

Jessie Armstead, though, is the real veteran around Redskin Park. The outside linebacker was a junior at the University of Miami in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida.

“It was an unbelievable sight,” Armstead said. “I thought it was going to be like a tornado, be over real quick. But when a hurricane comes through, it leaves little behind. It’s going to disrupt a lot of people, everyday people and also ourselves. We’ve got to move our practice up and make some adjustments. But those are the small things. I think the bigger things are trying to save lives.”

The Redskins are planning to hold their regularly scheduled practice late Friday morning and don’t anticipate any problems at FedEx Field for Sunday’s game. A club official said the groundskeeping crew is taking precautions at the stadium, which also played host to a Bruce Springsteen concert after a long day of rain Saturday.

Strahan still mad

Michael Strahan continues to hold a grudge against Redskins offensive lineman Wilbert Brown. During a conference call with Washington reporters yesterday, the Giants’ Pro Bowl defensive end said Brown is “lucky to be there this year” after the two tussled in last December’s game at FedEx Field.

Strahan claims Brown intentionally tried to injure New York safety Shaun Williams by leaping headfirst into a pile late. Strahan later was flagged for delay of game when he and Brown got tangled up.

“There’s a certain way to play the game, and there’s a certain way you don’t play the game,” Strahan said yesterday. “It’s just something that’s flat-out dirty, and that’s what I ran into with him last year. I don’t appreciate when someone does that.”

Brown, who like last week will probably be cut before the game so Kevin Ware can be signed off the practice squad, left Redskin Park yesterday before reporters could talk to him.

Extra points

Despite their 2-0 record, the Redskins aren’t getting a lot of respect nationally. In its weekly power poll, ESPN.com ranked Washington 18th of 32 NFL teams. That was behind 10 teams that are currently 1-1 and a full eight spots behind the next closest 2-0 team (Minnesota). SI.com has the Redskins 17th (with an admission by writer Paul Zimmerman that they should be higher), while CBS Sportsline.com has them eighth.

“People are always going to put us down and hate to believe that we’re getting better around here,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “But we don’t need them to win games. We don’t need anybody to believe in ourselves but us.” …

In addition to Ramsey, Coles, Jacobs and Flemister, four other players are listed on Washington’s injury report this week. Running backs Ladell Betts (hip) and Trung Canidate (ankle), defensive tackle Jermaine Haley (hand) and linebacker Kevin Mitchell (ankle) are all listed as probable and all practiced yesterday.

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