49ers to keep backfield in motion against Redskins

August 16, 1992|By San Francisco Chronicle

LONDON -- Second-round draft choice Amp Lee may get his first start for the 49ers in today's exhibition game against the Washington Redskins. Coach George Seifert says he'd like to see Lee, who had a big game against the Los Angeles Raiders last week, run behind the first-string line.

Ricky Watters started the first two exhibitions at halfback and, although his 63 yards rushing lead the 49ers this preseason, he is averaging only three yards a carry. Lee totaled 136 yards rushing and receiving last week and has a 4.3 rushing average.

"Either way, we're going to play both Ricky and Amp a considerable amount, as we have been," Seifert said.

Other than that, the 49ers probably won't look much different than they did in their first two exhibitions, both victories. Seifert said he was "still trying to evaluate different players" and said he is not concerned with putting together a season-opening lineup just yet.

"We're not really into putting the team together as such," he said. "That starts next week, when we get back home."

Quarterback Steve Young, who did not play against the Raiders last week because of a sore back, will return to the starting lineup. Seifert said Young would play at least a quarter and a half.

"He's fine," Seifert said. "He looks good throwing the ball."

On defense, the biggest question for this game concerns depth on the defensive line. It had not been determined whether Michael Carter and Larry Roberts, both of whom practiced this week for the first time, would play. Roberts, in fact, missed practice Friday after suffering a thigh bruise in his first workout.

Also, backup defensive lineman Odell Haggins re-aggravated a twisted ankle in practice and probably will not play. And backup nose tackle Ted Washington was held out of practice for the second straight day because of a sore lower back. Seifert said he expects Washington to play, however.

Carter looked like he was ready to go when he got into a shoving match in practice with 49ers' offensive lineman Ralph Tamm. The incident passed quickly as Seifert stepped in and told Carter to "save it for the game."

"We were just going at different paces, that's all," Tamm said. "It was no big deal. It just happened."

For the Redskins, quarterback Mark Rypien will make his 1992 debut and play between a quarter and a half.

Washington, which always seems to find players no one else has heard of, also will show off its latest find, rookie free agent running back Robert Green. Green, who wasn't even among the 450 players invited to the NFL scouting combine workouts last spring, is leading the competition for the team's third running back spot. He's the Redskins' leading rusher, with 78 yards on 10 carries.

On the second day of joint workouts by the Redskins and 49ers, the pace seemed to pick up a little -- especially in the pass-rushing drills.

Guard Guy McIntyre of the 49ers and Redskins defensive tackle Tim Johnson got in some serious, hard shoving back and forth, with other Redskins players in the background hollering to referee Tom White that McIntyre was holding.

Later, the Redskins' Jumpy Geathers stood 49ers guard Tom Neville almost straight up and pushed him far back. Washington's Charles Mann led the cheering, yelling: "It's called the forklift. It's the warehouse move."

The teams practiced for 2 hours, 20 minutes, same as Thursday -- about an hour by themselves and 80 minutes with each other. The only difference was this time it didn't rain.

Seifert canceled a scheduled walk-through yesterday to give the 49ers' players the entire day off. "I just want them to relax," he said.

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