- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Day 2 of the Mark Brunell Hamstring Watch ended with the Washington Redskins coming to the same conclusion about their injured quarterback as Day1: It’s still too early to tell.

While his teammates returned to the practice field for a light workout, Brunell remained a spectator on the sideline, his strained left hamstring still bothering him.

“It’s day-to-day,” Brunell said, echoing his statement from Monday. “I’ve got to be patient, work real hard. But it is better today.”

Patrick Ramsey took the bulk of the snaps under center and remains in line to start Monday night against Dallas if Brunell can’t go, but the veteran quarterback is still holding out hope he can suit up for his first Redskins-Cowboys game.

“Absolutely,” he said. “This is a big one and particularly since we need a win. It’s in front of the whole country. It’s Monday night. This is a great opportunity for us, and I want to be a part of it. …

“This ultimately is Coach [Joe] Gibbs’ decision. So we’ll see.”

Gibbs wasn’t ready to name his starter yesterday and likely won’t be until he sees whether Brunell can practice later in the week.

“I think the best time for us to probably get a feel for it would be Thursday, once he’s had a couple of days,” Gibbs said. “I didn’t have a real feel [today] because he didn’t do anything.”

Gibbs seemed to indicate Monday it was unlikely Brunell would heal in time to face the Cowboys, saying Ramsey “is probably going to be playing a lot on Monday night.”

Daniels has torn groin

Defensive end Phillip Daniels had his injured groin examined by a Georgetown specialist yesterday. The results confirmed what the Redskins already thought: Daniels has a torn muscle and will be out two to four weeks.

“We just wanted to make sure it wasn’t more than it was,” said Daniels, who suffered this latest injury just as he was finally healing from the abdominal strain that kept him out of most of training camp. “I’ve just got to keep fighting.”

With Daniels on the shelf, the Redskins must turn to an inexperienced corps of backup defensive ends. Ron Warner (who has appeared in eight games spread out over four NFL seasons) is likely to get the starting nod with help from Demetric Evans, who played in 20 games for the Cowboys in 2001 and 2002.

Despite his limited experience, Warner impressed the coaching staff throughout training camp and in two regular-season games has recorded four tackles and a half a sack.

“We’ll kind of rotate some guys in there,” Gibbs said. “I think we’ve got some very good players there.”

Extra points

Kicker John Hall, who has two strained hamstrings, participated in yesterday’s workout and insists he will be ready for Monday night’s game. “My gut tells me I’m going to play,” said Hall, who made it through Sunday’s game in New York despite the injuries. …

Tackle Kenyatta Jones, who missed Sunday’s game with bone spurs in his ankle, practiced but walked off the field gingerly with braces on both knees. …

Washington signed linebacker Michael Brown and waived linebacker Devin Lemons. The club also released kicker Ola Kimrin and offensive lineman Ben Nowland from the practice squad and added defensive lineman Nic Clemons and linebacker Steve Josue.

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