Cuts run deep for Redskins management and players

August 25, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

ASHBURN, Va. -- Cut-down day is never a good one for the Washington Redskins.

Even though there were no major surprises when the team sliced its roster to 60 players yesterday, general manager Charley Casserly said, "It's one of the worst days of the year for you. These people aren't just numbers, they're human beings."

"It's a downer day. I'm glad it's over," coach Richie Petitbon said. "It's not a fun thing. It's just part of the deal."

Casserly added: "Most of the time the players know it's coming, but that doesn't make you feel any better. You try to be as diplomatic as you can about it, but you have to be honest with them."

The Redskins placed five players on the injured reserve list. Under the new rules, they can't play this year.

Besides offensive linemen Matt Elliott and Jim Lachey and Stephen Hobbs, who were expected to be put on the list, they also added former Maryland defensive back Irv Smith (shoulder) and defensive lineman Tom Fuhler (abdomen).

They also waived 15 players, including veteran defensive backs Terry Hoage, David Gulledge and Sidney Johnson and linebacker Ravin Caldwell.

The young players to depart included punter Ed Bunn, a third-round pick last year, quarterback Chris Hakel, a fourth-round pick last year, and two former Maryland defensive linemen, Derek Steele and Ralph Orta.

Hoage is one player who wasn't surprised by the move.

"I'm a little bit relieved," he said. "I've known it was coming for a while. It's difficult to keep performing when you know it's not doing a lot of good. I gave it my best shot, [but] I was just an insurance policy. I knew if everybody stayed healthy, I wouldn't be here. I understand that, but I can still play," Hoage said.

In his 10th season at age 31, Hoage knew the Redskins were looking at younger players such as Darryl Morrison and Pat Eilers.

"You know when they're trying to groom younger, faster guys," Hoage said.

Caldwell, a fifth-round pick in 1986, had won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the team and was the senior member to depart. He was never the same after suffering a serious knee injury last year.

"It's a tough situation. Ravin really never came back and Terry got in a situation where we felt that other people were better than him," Petitbon said.

Casserly held out hope that Hakel, who became expendable when veteran Rich Gannon was signed last week, could be brought back.

"Chris Hakel's days aren't necessarily done here, either. If we have a need to bring in another quarterback, we'd certainly bring Chris back," Casserly said.

Bunn was the highest draft pick since Casserly became general manager four years ago to fail to at least last a season. He was beaten out by veteran Kelly Goodburn.

Wayne Sevier, the Redskins special teams coach, said, "Ed has a big-time NFL leg. He'll be punting in the league sometime. He needs more time to work on his consistency."

Sevier said Goodburn had the best camp he's ever had, but the Redskins have to worry that he'll revert to his previous NFL form. His career average is 39.9 yards a punt.

"That's always a possibility," Sevier said. "But I've never seen him punt this well."

Sevier said he'll miss Hobbs, who has a groin pull this year after being sidelined for all but two games last year with a knee injury, because he was the team's best special teams player in their 1991 Super Bowl year. "You could put him on somebody and know he'd get the job done," Sevier said.

Although the Redskins have to waive 13 players next Monday to cut the roster down to 47 players, they could bring as many as 11 of them back. That's because they can increase the regular-season roster to 53 players Tuesday -- 45 plus a third quarterback can dress each week -- and then add five rookies to the practice squad.

Barring injuries, tight end Jim Riggs and linebacker John Brantley appear the most vulnerable.

NOTES: Lachey will undergo surgery on his knee tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. . . . Although DE Shane Collins has nerve damage in his left shoulder, he did work in practice yesterday. He said he wanted to take "some licks" to find out how he'll feel today. He doesn't know if he can play Friday against the New York Jets. . . . Offensive line coach Jim Hanifan was cut in the face breaking up a fight in practice between DL Sterling Palmer and OL Ed Simmons. . . . Friday's game is sold out and will be shown on Channel 7 in Washington.


ROSTER DELETIONS Injured reserve OL -- Matt Elliott, Jim Lachey

WR -- Stephen Hobbs

CB -- Irv Smith

DL -- Tom Fuhler

Waivers P -- Ed Bunn

LB -- Ravin Caldwell, Jerry Dillon

QB -- Chris Hakel, Chris Cochrane

OL -- Guy Earle

DL -- Ralph Orta, Derek Steele

WR -- Vince Jordan, Michael LeSure, Carl Harry

S -- David Gulledge, Terry Hoage

TE -- Yonnie Jackson

CB -- Sidney Johnson

60-MAN ROSTER Offense (31) WR -- (6) Ricky Sanders, Tim McGee, Desmond Howard, Art Monk, Mark Stock, Gregory Clifton

OL -- (11) Mo Elewonibi, Ray Brown, Raleigh McKenzie, Mark Schlereth, Ed Simmons, Jeff Bostic, Joe Jacoby, Paul Siever, Darryl Moore, Greg Huntington, Guy Bingham

TE -- (6) Ron Middleton, Terry Orr, James Jenkins, Ray Rowe, Jim Riggs, Frank Wycheck

QB -- (3) Mark Rypien, Cary Conklin, Rich Gannon

RB -- (5) Brian Mitchell, Earnest Byner, Reggie Brooks, Ricky Ervins, Robert Green

Defense (27) DE -- (5) Charles Mann, Al Noga, Shane Collins, Jason Buck, Sterling Palmer

DT -- (4) Tim Johnson, Bobby Wilson, Eric Williams, Jim Wahler

LB -- (8) Kurt Gouveia, Andre Collins, Carl Banks, Rick Graf, Monte Coleman, John Brantley, Rick Hamilton, Lamont Hollinquist

CB -- (5) Darrell Green, A. J. Johnson, Tom Carter, Alvoid Mays, Johnny Thomas

S -- (5) Danny Copeland, Brad Edwards, Todd Bowles, Darryl Morrison, Pat Eilers

K -- (1) Chip Lohmiller

P -- (1) Kelly Goodburn

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