The Washington Redskins invested $900 in Charles Mann's peace of mind yesterday.
"It's a $900 test, but it's worth it to convince him we're doing the right thing for him," trainer Bubba Tyer said yesterday after an MRI exam showed that the defensive lineman hadn't suffered any structural damage on his ailing right knee.
"It's a good stable knee. The ligaments are in good shape," Tyer said. "The integrity of the knee is good. It's a tight, sound knee."
That was the diagnosis the Redskins had made even before Mann had the test, but he was so discouraged about his latest injury that he said he wanted to make sure he wasn't going to need a cane at age 45.
Although Mann is likely to miss today's practice, Tyer said he was still listing the player as probable for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams. Mann said he'd definitely seek assurances that the knee is sound.
The defensive end stretched a ligament two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago, sat out the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and went 80 plays against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.
Mann was frustrated after that game because sore knee had hampered him.
"It's disappointing after what I went through to get to this point [he underwent knee surgery last February and had thought he was all the way back]. Before the Atlanta game I was rolling toward a Pro Bowl year. Now, hey, I'm just trying to get through it so I can play in the playoffs," he said.
Mann said that after about the 70th play Sunday, "I was just out there on guts."
Mann said his play was "average" against the Cowboys and said, "I'm not an average player. It bothered me a whole lot and it looked like it bothered me on it."