Conklin activated with Green could Rypien benching be next?

Redskins notebook

November 24, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- The Washington Redskins brought Darrell Green back from injured reserve and put quarterback Cary Conklin on the 45-man active roster last night for the first time in his three-year career.

Green, who was feared lost for the season when he broke his forearm in the second game against the Atlanta Falcons, recovered faster than expected and was cleared to practice Friday.

The Redskins originally planned to wait until next week to bring back Green. But since A. J. Johnson is playing with an ailing knee and the team put two cornerbacks, Martin Mayhew and Sidney Johnson, on injured reserve last week, they decided to rush Green back to play in nickel situations on passing downs.

To make room for Green, the Redskins released backup linebacker Johnny Meads.

Green entered the game last night on the New Orleans Saints' first series. On third-and-14 at their 49, quarterback Bobby Hebert threw to running back Dalton Hilliard for no gain while Green covered receiver Wesley Carroll.

The official reason Conklin was placed on the active roster was because safety Danny Copeland (neck) and offensive lineman Joe Jacoby (back) were put on the two-man inactive list because of their injuries.

Jacoby is hurting and didn't practice last week, but the Redskins could have kept him active for an emergency.

The Conklin move may mean coach Joe Gibbs is losing his patience with Mark Rypien, who has struggled all year. If Rypien doesn't get in a groove soon, Gibbs may be willing to give Conklin a look.

Conklin spent his first two years on the team's injured reserve list.

Ever shuffling lineup

Rookie defensive lineman Shane Collins started his first game of the year at right end because Fred Stokes has a knee injury.

That gave the Redskins two rookies in the starting lineup because Matt Elliott, the last player drafted, make his first start at center because of all the injuries in the offensive line.

Alvoid Mays, in his third season with the team, made the first start of the season and second of his career, filling in for Mayhew.

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