Redskins report

September 09, 1997|By Bill Free

Record: 1-1.

Sunday: Lost to Steelers, 14-13, in Pittsburgh.

Highlights: Brian Mitchell returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to give the Redskins a 10-7 lead, with Larry Bowie and Marc Logan throwing key blocks. It was his first kickoff return for a touchdown. Stephen Davis, playing for the injured Terry Allen, ran 17 times for 66 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards.

Lowlights: Washington settled for two field goals in four drives inside the Pittsburgh 20, with Gus Frerotte ending two drives inside the 20 with interceptions. The Redskins were hurt by eight penalties for 70 yards. The defense continued to have problems stopping the run, allowing Jerome Bettis and Kordell Stewart to rush for a combined 204 yards.

News: Coach Norv Turner said he expects Allen to play Sunday after missing one game with a broken left thumb.

Next game: The Redskins meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Dallas Cowboys, 25-22, in overtime Sunday night.

Norv Turner says: "Gus made some bad decisions on those interceptions. I'm bothered by Gus saying he thought Jamie Asher was going one place, but he went to another [on two interceptions]. There is somewhere else to go with the ball if you're not sure what one guy [Asher] is doing. He did a good job most of the day, looking off receivers and hitting people."

Injuries: DT William Gaines (sprained ankle), OT Ed Simmons (sprained thumb) and LB Marvcus Patton (sprained thumb) were hurt Sunday but should be able to play against Arizona.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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