Redskins place safety Vaughn on IR, sign cornerback Davis as replacement


September 22, 1990

Cornerback Wayne Davis signed with the Washington Redskins yesterday, replacing safety Clarence Vaughn, who was put on the injured-reserve list with a knee injury.

Vaughn became the second defensive back in as many days to suffer a knee injury when he was hurt Thursday. Alvoid Mays was the victim Wednesday, and the Redskins don't know whether he'll play tomorrow against the Dallas Cowboys. He missed practice again yesterday.

Two other Redskins, linebacker Monte Coleman and wide receiver Gary Clark, also missed practice again with hamstring injuries. The coaches hope both will play tomorrow.

Davis, a six-year National Football League veteran who played in eight games last year for the Redskins, was cut at the end of training camp. He also has played for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

Vaughn will be sidelined for at least four weeks.

* VIKINGS: Coach Jerry Burns said quarterback Wade Wilson is playing with more confidence this season. Wilson said the reason may be that his teammates have more confidence in him. Wide receiver Anthony Carter said Wilson has taken control.

"Before, whatever was called, that's just what I would do," Wilson said. "They loosened the reins so we're not trying to run on first and second down every time we get inside the 20. It's a big change over what we've done in the past. My confidence hasn't diminished. I feel very comfortable."

* COLTS: Quarterback Jeff George is listed as probable for tomorrow's game after suffering a pulled abdominal muscle.

"I feel I can play Sunday, but it is painful," George said. "Whenever I extend my leg, it hurts pretty bad. I'm throwing as well as I have thrown, but it is in an area where you really can't do anything for it," George said.

* 49ERS: Keith DeLong will get his first starting assignment tomorrow at right inside linebacker. He also will be used as a backup in the nickel defense.

"I'm going to probably make some mistakes, but I'm going to try and make up for that with playing hard and getting to the football," DeLong said. "You've just got to assume that role and play it. I'm going to study, be confident in what I'm going to do, and play like I know I can play."

* BRONCOS: Free safety Steve Atwater suffered a strained muscle near his rib cage during a blocking drill Thursday. His status for tomorrow is uncertain.

Strong safety Dennis Smith is sidelined with a sprained ankle.

* DATES: The game between the Houston Oilers and Cincinnati Bengals scheduled Oct. 14 for Riverfront Stadium, will be switched to the Astrodome if the Cincinnati Reds win the National League West baseball championship.

The Oilers-Bengals game scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Astrodome would be moved to Cincinnati to complete the home-and-home series.

The site change would be necessary because a baseball playoff game is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Riverfront.

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