Redskins say Gannon hampered by sore foot QB hasn't taken snaps in practice

October 09, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins quarterback situation became a bit more complicated yesterday.

Coach Richie Petitbon announced that backup quarterback Rich Gannon didn't take any snaps yesterday because of a sore foot he suffered in the 17-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins Monday night.

The Redskins hadn't previously announced that Gannon was injured, and practices have been closed to reporters this week.

The Redskins, who apparently thought the injury would heal more quickly, decided to list Gannon as probable for tomorrow's game against the New York Giants.

"I don't think it's anything to be concerned about," Petitbon said.

But it's uncertain whether Gannon will remain the backup or if Cary Conklin will go back to that role. Conklin was demoted after being yanked in the third quarter against the Dolphins.

Petitbon also said he won't announce his starting quarterback ,, until game time tomorrow, although there's little doubt that Mark Rypien will get the nod.

Rypien practiced for the third straight day and said he is "85 to 90 percent" of the way back and that he is well enough to play.

Rypien would be playing for the first time since he injured his right knee in the second quarter of the 17-10 loss to the Phoenix Cardinals on Sept. 12. He originally was expected to miss three to six weeks, and he has been out four weeks.

"I'm excited to get back in there," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting those butterflies."

When Rypien came back from a knee injury in 1990 against the New Orleans Saints, the team was 5-4 and he led them to a 5-2 finish, although it wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. He's now trying to bring the team back from a 1-3 start.

The Redskins also announced that defensive linemen Charles Mann and Eric Williams, tight end Frank Wycheck and offensive lineman Greg Huntington will be inactive for tomorrow's game.

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