Westbrook fractures wrist

status unclear

Turner urges players to focus on their own jobs

Redskins notebook

November 16, 1999|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

The beleaguered Washington Redskins suffered another setback yesterday when they found out that wide receiver Michael Westbrook broke his wrist Sunday.

Trainer Bubba Tyer said Westbrook's right wrist was placed in a cast after X-rays revealed a hairline crack in the scaphoid bone.

He might need surgery.

Westbrook suffered the injury in the 35-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, although he wasn't sure when it occurred. He reported feeling pain in the third quarter but kept playing and made a diving catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Tyer said the bone was not displaced, and he would not rule Westbrook out of Sunday's game against the New York Giants, though he listed him as "doubtful."

Westbrook was one of the players who said after Sunday's game that some players are not being held accountable at practice.

At his news conference yesterday, coach Norv Turner sent the players a message that they should worry about their own play.

"Each guy has to take care of his job and go out on a daily basis to do his job," he said. "That's usually the best way to get yourself back on track."

Turner said the problem Sunday was six turnovers, not accountability in practice.

"I thought our preparation for the game was outstanding," he said. "To generalize that [turnovers] into an entire team's preparation, I know that's easy to do, but it isn't the right thing to do."

One player who seemed to get the message was wide receiver Albert Connell. After the game, he said a bad throw by quarterback Brad Johnson allowed Eagles defender Al Harris to rip the ball out of his arms.

He had a different version yesterday. "I fumbled the ball after the catch," he said.

Costly penalty

Turner said the face-mask penalty on Mark McMillian that wiped out a Redskins interception in the fourth period was difficult to see on videotape. But he suggested that it was a call that didn't need to be made.

"It's really tough to see," he said. "The two players are on the other side of the field from where the ball is being thrown. It certainly didn't affect the play."

Not so special

Special teams will get a lot of focus in practice this week after the Eagles' Allen Rossum returned kickoffs 89 and 86 yards against the Redskins.

"We had a couple of guys go dramatically out of their lanes," Turner said.

The breakdowns could put pressure on special teams coach LeCharls McDaniel because owner Daniel Snyder is often critical of assistant coaches. Veteran coach Bill Arnsparger was brought in as a mentor for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan earlier in the season because of breakdowns on defense.

"I know I'll get some heat, but I can't worry about that," McDaniel said. "All I can do is keep doing my job to the best of my ability."

Key game

Turner suggested that Sunday's game with the Giants is pivotal. Both teams are 5-4 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.

"Someone is going to win the game," he said. "Someone is going the other way."

But the way the three teams are playing, an 8-8 record might win the division.

Coleman injured

Defensive end Marco Coleman suffered a bruised cervical spine in the first quarter in Philadelphia and didn't return.

He is expected to play against the Giants.

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