- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The Washington Redskins have myriad worries at cornerback this week, from injuries to Champ Bailey and Rashad Bauman to coach Steve Spurrier’s frank questions about Ade Jimoh.

Bailey appears to be more injured than he’s letting on. Bauman, the No.3 corner, tweaked a hamstring and could miss practice time. And Jimoh, as far as Spurrier is concerned, is a disaster waiting to happen after he gave up two long touchdowns in limited playing time.

The most recent score against Jimoh was Sunday’s 29-yarder to New England’s David Givens, which helped the Patriots rally and nearly tie the game. Instead, Washington hung on for a 20-17 victory. Two weeks earlier, the undrafted rookie out of Utah State surrendered a late 42-yarder to Atlanta’s James Farris.

“He said he needs to get in the flow of the game,” Spurrier said yesterday. “I said, ‘We can’t trust you to get in the flow of the game by playing more.’ No, Ade plays well in practice, but for some reason in the games he lets them run right by him. … The smartest thing is not to put him out there, to tell you the truth.”



Jimoh won a roster spot with a solid preseason, beating out veteran Alex Molden. The cut of Molden, who got a $200,000 signing bonus, was surprising, but team sources said the eighth-year player out of Oregon appeared to have lost his speed.

Questions about Jimoh will be key if Bailey or Bauman is knocked from Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

Bailey is coming off a superb performance despite the slight fracture in his wrist and sprained shoulder. He forced two of the Patriots’ four turnovers, intercepting a pass and stripping running back Kevin Faulk. He was in severe pain after the game but claimed to make a miraculous recovery overnight.

“When I got home, I was about to die,” Bailey said. “But I went to sleep. It didn’t bother me much after that.”

Bailey once again plans to miss no practice time.

“I’m going to go out and give it my all every week,” Bailey said. “The only thing I didn’t do last week was touch anybody [in drills]. But I still had an effective practice.”

Bauman injured his hamstring in the Atlanta game but returned to play the next week against the New York Giants. He had left Redskin Park yesterday by the time Spurrier revealed his injury.

The Redskins have no plans to work out free-agent cornerbacks. An alternative would be to use safeties Todd Franz or David Terrell at corner, where both have played.

Fiore still starter

Spurrier left open the possibility of rookie Derrick Dockery staying at left guard ahead of Dave Fiore. However, he spoke as if Fiore was still injured. Conversations with others indicated Fiore remains the starter.

“Dave Fiore is the starter for us,” offensive line coach Kim Helton said. “I’m sure that if that changes, Coach will tell me.”

Spurrier was asked twice about who would start. The first time he indicated Fiore would start if healthy. The second time he was more vague.

“We don’t have to worry about that today,” Spurrier said. “We’ll see who’s the healthiest, ready to go Sunday. Whoever we think can play the best will be the starter and probably play most of the game.”

Reviews of Dockery’s performance were positive. Although he made a few mistakes — getting beaten by defensive end Anthony Pleasant for a hard hit on quarterback Patrick Ramsey, and getting flagged for holding — he generally enjoyed his NFL debut.

“He’s not the best he’s going to be some day,” Helton said. “But we were very pleased with his effort.”

Fiore believes a week’s rest did his sore knee good. Saying it’s “a lot better,” he expected to return to the practice field in coming days.

Extra points

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn’s sprained ankle improved and he doesn’t expect to miss practice. Tight end Zeron Flemister said his strained Achilles’ tendon responded well to about 20 plays after he missed the two previous games. …

Long snapper Ethan Albright took responsibility for allowing New England’s Dan Klecko to surge up the middle and block a 48-yard field goal attempt by John Hall. Albright said the 5-foot-11 nose tackle simply got leverage on him.

“I’m usually pretty good at staying low, being on the kneecaps, but he starts out on the kneecaps,” Albright said. “Actually, I hate to make light of the situation. For me, it’s a prideful thing that I do my job and don’t talk to reporters. Now I’ve got to prove every week that I can stay low and do my job. Other teams are going to see that on film and I’m sure they’ll try to do the same thing.” …

Spurrier expects Patriots fullback Larry Centers to be fined for his late hit on linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. …

Expect wide receiver Patrick Johnson to get more involved this week. Spurrier offered unsolicited praise for Johnson, often his sign a player is moving up the depth chart. No. 3 receiver Darnerien McCants had no catches Sunday.

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