Redskins receiver Ellard out about 3 weeks

October 31, 1995|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

Washington Redskins wide receiver Henry Ellard will be sidelined about three weeks with a pulled hamstring muscle, leaving the team without both starting wide receivers for Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

The other starter, Michael Westbrook, was sidelined for four to six weeks on Oct. 15 with a sprained knee.

Because the Redskins have a bye Nov. 12, there's a chance that Ellard, who suffered the injury in the third quarter of the 24-15 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night, will miss only one game.

He would like to make it back for the Nov. 19 game against Seattle, but could be sidelined until the Nov. 26 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With Ellard and Westbrook both out, the team's starting wide receivers will be Leslie Shephard and Tydus Winans.

Meanwhile, coach Norv Turner said he hopes that guard Tre Johnson, who has missed the past three games and five of the past seven with a sprained ankle, will be back Sunday.

Turner also said that Gus Frerotte will remain the starting quarterback even though he was intercepted four times by the Giants. Turner said two of the pickoffs came on freak plays, a tipped pass and a batted pass.

"The guy's a talented player," Turner said. "I think he's going to be a heck of a quarterback."

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