Redskins release Davis, activate Thomas, Hobbs after waivers

November 17, 1990|By Vito Stellino

Brian Davis' name has been added officially to the Washington Redskins' long list of second-round busts.

Davis, a defensive back drafted in 1987, was waived by the team yesterday.

He joins defensive linemen Wally Kleine, Bob Slater and Steve Hamilton, defensive back Tory Nixon, wide receiver Walter Murray and running back Richard Williams on the list of second-round draft choices who never lived up to their potential.

Davis was hindered by injuries in his four seasons with the team and was placed on the injured-reserve list a week ago with a leg problem. He missed most of training camp after pulling a quadriceps muscle on the first day of camp.

The Redskins also announced that they had added defensive back

Johnny Thomas and wide receiver Stephen Hobbs to their roster after both had cleared waivers. The Redskins put them on waivers so that they didn't have to use any of their five moves from the injured-reserve list to activate them.

The Redskins plan to use their second move today when they activate quarterback Mark Rypien and put quarterback Stan Humphries on injured reserve.

Coach Joe Gibbs also announced that Jeff Rutledge, who is recovering from a thumb injury, will be the backup quarterback for tomorrow's game against the New Orleans Saints. Gibbs hasn't decided whether to have third-string quarterback Gary Hogeboom in uniform for the game.

Gibbs said that kick returner Joe Howard will not play in tomorrow's game. He was knocked out last week with a concussion.

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