Redskins report

November 14, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Terry Allen, who leads the NFL in touchdowns with 17 and the NFC in rushing with 976 yards, didn't practice yesterday because of a right sprained ankle and there is a slight chance he may not play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium. Allen isn't expected to practice again today and possibly may work lightly tomorrow, trainer Bubba Tyer said.

Coach Norv Turner said, "We'll see where Terry is Friday. If he can't play, we'll use a combination of Steve Davis and Brian Mitchell in his place."

If Allen doesn't play, it will wipe out a duel between the NFC's top rushers. Philadelphia's Ricky Watters (949 yards) is second behind Allen, who ranks third in the NFL in rushing behind Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis ( 1,064) and Denver's Terrell Davis (1,055).

Next game: Ty Detmer has been an instant success for the 7-3 Philadelphia Eagles since taking over for an injured Rodney Peete late in the second quarter of a 23-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a Monday night game Sept. 30.

Despite getting knocked woozy and not remembering too much after Cowboys safety Darren Woodson sacked him in the middle of the third quarter, Detmer completed 7 of 14 passes for 118 yards and one interception. He has started all five games since that Dallas loss and has led the Eagles to a 4-1 record. He has completed 104 of 172 passes (60.5 percent) for 1,270 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Detmer, a former Heisman Trophy winner as a junior at Brigham Young and backup to Brett Favre at Green Bay for four years, said yesterday he is tired of talking about his height -- 6 feet is considered short for an NFL quarterback.

"My height has never been a problem," he said. "I think I work well in the pocket. I'm able to slide up, get a feel for the pressure and find the passing lanes. If the skill is there and you can read defenses, you'll be OK in this league."

What Norv Turner said: "I've been waiting for someone to ask me about playing three games in 12 days [Eagles, 49ers and then Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day]. I don't even want to talk about that. We have one game. We have the Philadelphia Eagles and that is the only thing you can be concerned with. We are playing for first place in our division and if you have an opportunity to do that you better be excited. I expect our team to be excited and I expect our team to play well."

Injuries: WR Leslie Shepherd (strained left hamstring) and DT Marc Boutte (sprained right knee) both missed practice yesterday and are listed as questionable. Shepherd counts on speed as a wide receiver, making it more difficult for him to overcome a pulled hamstring than it would a lineman. Boutte said yesterday he plans to play.

Quotable: "We thought we were going to bounce back against the Cardinals in overtime. Like this week we think we are going to bounce back against Philadelphia. You never go into a game thinking you are going to lose. You just have to shake it off and big men bounce back. We're going to come out shooting. It's going to be a long week until we can redeem ourselves." -- Redskins left guard Tre Johnson.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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