Redskins' Schlereth out for year Virus complications put guard on IR

November 17, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

Guard Mark Schlereth became the latest member of the Washington Redskins to be lost for the season when he was put on injured reserve yesterday.

Schlereth's injury was diagnosed as post-viral neuritis, an inflammation of the nerves. He came down with a virus last

week. He lasted one series Sunday against the New York Giants before being forced out.

Schlereth has numbness in his feet from the virus, and doctors prescribed several weeks of rest. A player going on IR is out for the year.

Schlereth will be replaced by Vernice Smith, who was signed a week ago and played the rest of the game after Schlereth departed, even though he had had only three practices with the team.

To replace Schlereth on the roster, the Redskins signed defensive tackle Jeff Faulkner, who was cut by the Phoenix Cardinals and New Orleans Saints this year.

Schlereth is the fourth key player to go on IR this year. The other three are offensive tackle Jim Lachey, who was lost in training camp, defensive tackle Eric Williams and guard Joe Jacoby. Williams and Jacoby are expected to retire at the end of the year.

A Pro Bowl lineman two years ago, Schlereth has been ravaged by knee and elbow injuries the past two years. The Redskins have only eight players who have started every game and came out of the Giants game with 17 injuries.

The team has had so many injuries that coach Richie Petitbon said it's impossible to field a healthy team this season. "We'll never be healthy again [this year]," he said.

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