Redskins report

November 01, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Center Chris Sedoris, who was released last Saturday, may be re-signed. The Redskins need insurance for veteran Jeff Uhlenhake, who is starting in place of Cory Raymer, who will be out four to six weeks with a fractured lumbar vertebra. Raymer suffered the injury when his truck overturned near Colonial Beach, Va., on Tuesday.

Uhlenhake and the offensive line have been opening huge holes for Terry Allen, who last Sunday became the first Redskins running back to rush for three touchdowns in consecutive games. Joe Morris of the New York Giants was the last NFL runner to accomplish the feat (in 1985). Allen leads the NFL with 13 touchdowns this season and is on pace to break Emmitt Smith's single-season record of 25. Allen also leads the NFC in rushing with 803 yards.

Next game: The Buffalo Bills (5-3) have not been to the Super Bowl since the 1993 season but they still command a lot of respect, especially when they play in 80,024-seat Rich Stadium.

Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is 36 and trying to run a more conservative offense than the no-huddle because there are so many young players in the lineup. But the no-huddle could be back this Sunday when the 7-1 Redskins come to town for a 4 p.m. game.

"I understand Jim and Thurman [Thomas] went in and talked to the coach [Marv Levy] about going back to the no-huddle," said former Bills linebacker Marvcus Patton, who is in his second season with Washington after five years in Buffalo.

Kelly said, "We're making too many mental mistakes and not executing well. I'm disappointed we're 5-3 instead of 7-1 like the Redskins, or 6-2, but we're still in first place in the AFC East [tied with Indianapolis and New England]."

Patton said just the thought of playing against the no-huddle made him get on the StairMaster on Tuesday for some extra conditioning.

What Norv Turner said: "The bottom line is Terry [Allen] is having as good a year as anybody in the league. I'm not big on style points. If you compare him to any of the top backs in the league over the last five years he's as good as anyone."

Injuries: Offensive left guard Tre Johnson (sprained medial collateral ligament) returned almost to full speed yesterday in practice and is expected to start Sunday against the Bills. That would allow Joe Patton to return to his usual spot at left tackle and make Shar Pourdanesh a backup to Patton again. But Turner had a lot of praise for the way Pourdanesh performed in his second start of the season.

Wide receiver Michael Westbrook and safety Leomont Evans both missed practice yesterday with the flu but are expected to play Sunday.

Quotable: "November is coming and that means Buffalo Bills weather will be here. I'm excited. As long as this job is still exhilarating and I'm having fun and they want me, I'll be here coaching," said the 71-year-old Levy, who became the dean of NFL coaches (11 years) after Jim Mora resigned in New Orleans.

Pub Date: 11/01/96


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