Redskins report

December 16, 1997|By Bill Free

Still alive: It's amazing but true. The Redskins (7-7-1) have an outside chance of making the playoffs.

They need to beat the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium and hope for one of the following: a Detroit Lions loss or tie against the New York Jets, or a Minnesota Vikings loss or tie against the Indianapolis Colts.

News: The Redskins are expected to sign Chris Jacke today to replace kicker Scott Blanton, who pulled a hamstring in Saturday's 30-10 loss to the New York Giants and will not play Sunday.

Jacke was waived Oct. 14 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, having never kicked for the team he signed with after spending eight years with the Green Bay Packers. Jacke injured a hip muscle in August and never saw any action for the Steelers.

The Steelers signed Jacke as an unrestricted free agent from Green Bay, where he kicked 11 winning field goals and made 77.2 percent (173 of 224) of his field-goal attempts. Jacke made 17 of 26 from 50 yards or farther and was 40 of 62 from 40-49 yards.

Norv Turner says: "Jeff Hostetler was throwing to [rookies] James Thrash and Albert Connell Saturday. Those were the guys he was throwing to in the fourth quarter of exhibition games. I'm sure Jeff would have rather been throwing to Leslie Shepherd."

Shepherd, the team's most consistent wide receiver this season, was placed on injured reserve Nov. 19 with dislocated elbow and displaced wrist.

Injuries: RB Terry Allen (sprained ankle) might return Sunday after missing two games. LG Tre Johnson (sore shoulder) will not play, meaning he'll have missed five games this year.

Quotable: "We don't deserve to make the playoffs." -- cornerback Cris Dishman, after Saturday's loss.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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