Conklin's activation fuels Rypien rumors

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.

The pre-game Conklin move fueled rumors that coach Joe Gibbs is losing his patience with quarterback Mark Rypien, who has struggled most of the year. But after last night's 20-3 loss in New Orleans, Gibbs again voiced his support for Rypien despite the offense's inability to score a touchdown against the Saints. 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.

First catch

Rookie Desmond Howard, the Heisman Trophy winner, made his first catch of the season midway in the first quarter when he was used on a four-wide receiver formation. He has yet to play in a three-wide receiver set when the Redskins go with Art Monk, Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark.

Short week

The Redskins will have a short work week with a game Sunday against the Phoenix Cardinals coming off their Monday night game against the Saints.

That doesn't seem to bother Gibbs. He's 19-2 on Sundays after Monday night games. There are two other good omens for the Redskins. They haven't lost to the Cardinals at RFK since 1978 and have won 28 of the last 33 games against the Cardinals.

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