Redskins report

November 12, 1996|By Bill Free

Highlights: If the Redskins had won Sunday instead of being upset by Boomer Esiason and the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, second-year wide receiver Michael Westbrook would have been celebrated all over town for a career-high six receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown.

Also, defensive tackle Marc Boutte intercepted an Esiason pass in the third quarter, lunging far to his left to bat the ball in the air and then diving to catch it before it hit the ground.

Lowlights: Breakdowns in the secondary occurred often, especially on third-down plays in the nickel defense. Esiason converted 11 of 20 third-down situations.

Rob Moore, Marcus Dowdell and Frank Sanders were often left wide open between left cornerback Tom Carter and free safety Stanley Richard, and those three wide receivers combined for 262 yards and one touchdown in a record-shattering 522-yard passing performance by Esiason.

"Lynn Must Go" cries were heard from some fans in the stands, referring to Redskins defensive coordinator Ron Lynn.

"I only got two hours sleep last night," Lynn said yesterday. "I was thinking about what happened out there Sunday. Sure, I think about every call I make. I'd like to have a couple of them back."

What's new: Ten-year offensive right tackle Ed Simmons, the last remaining member of the "Hogs," finally gave up his gallant bid to keep playing with damaged cartilage in his right knee. He told trainer Bubba Tyer yesterday it was time to undergo arthroscopic surgery.

The surgery was performed last night and Simmons could be out for the rest of the season.

What Norv Turner said: "It's always tougher when you lose a guy like Ed Simmons who has put forth a tremendous effort just to get on the field for us each Sunday. We told him last week to wait and see how he feels Sunday morning before deciding whether to play and he wanted to play. He has performed exceptionally well all season despite being in pain each week. He's been a quiet leader."

Next game: Washington (7-3) will take a two-game losing streak to Philadelphia (7-3), where the two teams will duel for first place in the NFC East. Injuries: DE Tony Woods (sprained knee) will likely miss a second straight game. WR Leslie Shepherd (strained hamstring) is questionable but could be upgraded later in the week. DT Boutte (sprained right knee) is questionable. FB Marc Logan (shoulder strain) will undergo an MRI today.

Pub Date: 11/12/96

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