Redskins report

December 13, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte was named as a first alternate to the NFC Pro Bowl team behind Brett Favre, Troy Aikman and Steve Young. It is an impressive accomplishment for Frerotte, a seventh-round draft pick making about $220,000 a year who won the starting job for the Redskins in training camp last summer.

Frerotte played well during a 7-1 start and in overtime losses to Arizona and San Francisco, but has cooled off in recent weeks when the Redskins (8-6) have failed to generate a rushing attack.

It is not surprising to see three Washington players named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Running back Terry Allen (17 touchdowns and 1,197 yards rushing), linebacker Ken Harvey (nine sacks) and punter Matt Turk (NFC-leading 45.5-yard average) all are having outstanding seasons. Allen will start at running back for the NFC in his first Pro Bowl appearance, and Harvey has been chosen for a third straight season. Turk, in his second NFL season, is also going to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

The biggest disappointment for the Redskins is that 36-year-old veteran cornerback Darrell Green was selected only as a first alternate. Coach Norv Turner said Wednesday that he believes Green belongs on the team because he has played against the likes of Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin and Irving Fryar in recent weeks and done an outstanding job.

Offensive guard Tre Johnson was also chosen as a first alternate, and defensive tackle Sean Gilbert and running back Brian Mitchell were selected second alternates.

Injuries: There is some good news on the injury front for Washington; WR Michael Westbrook (floating cartilage in left knee) appears ready to return Sunday for at least part-time action. A decision on Gilbert (sore left knee) will be made Sunday. S Darryl Pounds (sore back) has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful. DE Sterling Palmer (arthroscopic knee surgery) has been placed on the injured reserve list. He has been replaced by DT Ryan Kuehl, who was released by Washington on Nov. 7.

Quotable: "I was surprised to hear it [Boomer Esiason's benching]. He has a right to be mad. I figured they would do the same thing Sunday they did the last time they played us [37-34 overtime victory by Arizona] -- come out throwing with Boomer." -- Redskins' Harvey.

Pub Date: 12/13/96

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