Redskins' Jacoby sidelined for week with back spasms

August 08, 1991|By Vito Stellino * BENGALS: Paul Brown, famed for fashioning the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati into winners, was remembered at his funeral as a man who got his greatest joy from coaching high school players in his hometown of Massillon, Ohio. Some 200 people attended the service in tiny St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in the town where Brown said his career truly began. Another 200, many wearing the black and orange of both the Massillon High School Tigers and the Cincinnati Bengals, gathered outside to watch Brown's casket being carried into the church. * PATRIOTS: Running back John Stephens, who has held out for two weeks, said he would rather play for another team and formally asked to be traded. The Patriots offered to up his $450,000 salary from a year ago to $750,000, but Stephens wants $1.1 million.

Offensive guard Joe Jacoby suffered severe back spasms during the Washington Redskins' intrasquad scrimmage last night at Carlisle High School and will likely be sidelined about a week.

That means he'll miss Saturday night's exhibition game against the New England Patriots. Mark Adickes and Russ Grimm will fill in for him at left guard.

Quarterback Mark Rypien (stiff back) and running back Ricky Ervins (bruised thigh) were held out of the scrimmage, but are expected to play against the Patriots.

Coach Joe Gibbs, who said Tuesday, "We're going to have to d something" to beef up the team's defensive end position and suggested he might move a tackle to end, changed his mind yesterday.

He decided to try to get by with three veterans -- Charles Mann Fred Stokes and Markus Koch -- at the two end spots.

"We're going to work our way through it," said Gibbs, who' encouraged that Mann is making rapid strides coming back from knee surgery and will likely play against the Patriots.

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