PHILADELPHIA -- The timing couldn't be worse for the Washington Redskins.
Facing a stretch of three games in nine days and 22 hours, the team was left wondering who their starting quarterback was after last night's 28-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I don't know," coach Joe Gibbs said when he was asked who would start against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.
"We've got some serious problems," Gibbs said.
Coming right after the New Orleans game will be a Thanksgiving date in Dallas against the Cowboys.
The quarterback who can be ruled out is Stan Humphries, who sprained a knee when he was tackled by Reggie White on a fourth-and-one play at the Eagles' 9 with 9 minutes, 55 seconds left in the game.
Gibbs described the injury as "fairly bad," which means he won't be back next week.
That leaves Jeff Rutledge, Mark Rypien and Gary Hogeboom as the candidates.
Brian Mitchell, the reserve running back who filled in as an emergency quarterback and even scored a touchdown, isn't a candidate. He'll remain the emergency quarterback.
Rutledge sprained a thumb when he was blindsided by Wes Hopkins late in the third period.
The thumb was swollen after the game, and it is unlikely he'll be able to play, although Gibbs said he probably would have put him back in last night after Humphries was hurt if the game had been close. Rutledge was six of 19 for 63 yards.
Rypien said he thinks he'll be ready to play, but he's been on the injured reserve list since Sept. 23 and hasn't taken a snap in practice yet, although he did a lot of running last week.
The one completely healthy quarterback they have is Hogeboom, who wasn't activated for last night's game and hasn't appeared in a game this year.
It is Gibbs' policy to dress only two quarterbacks for a game, and last night was the first time both quarterbacks in uniform got hurt and he had to go to his emergency quarterback.
Besides Rutledge and Humphries, the Redskins had five other players on their injured list after the game.
One of them, kick returner Joe Howard, suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter and was hospitalized overnight.
"I don't remember anything," Howard said. "I really don't know what happened."
The other injured players were kick returner Walter Stanley (sprained knee), middle linebacker Greg Manusky (sprained knee), running back Gerald Riggs (sprained left knee), offensive lineman Ed Simmons (sore right knee). Punter Ralf Mojsiejenko was limping after the game, but wasn't on the injured list.
"It's going to be tough for us," Gibbs said.
There's one bad omen for the Redskins. The last two teams to play a Monday night-Sunday-Thanksgiving schedule were the 1980 Seattle Seahawks and the 1979 Dallas Cowboys.
Both teams lost all three games.