Conway placed on injured list, will be waived by Redskins

`I'm a little upset,' he said

Husted to handle kicking

Pro Football

September 21, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins placed kicker Brett Conway on injured reserve yesterday and will waive him when a settlement is reached.

Conway, who is suffering from a lingering quadriceps injury, became expendable when the Redskins signed Michael Husted on Monday.

Conway converted 22 of 32 field goals last season for the Redskins. He found out about the move from his agent late Tuesday night, and he said goodbye to the team yesterday afternoon.

"You keep hearing how in this league there is no loyalty," Conway said. "I always thought there was. I guess I didn't do a good enough job last year. It's a shame because I don't think they are releasing me because of my faults this year. I haven't missed a kick since the middle of last year."

Conway said he is bitter about how things ended in Washington. He strained his quadriceps during training camp and missed two preseason games. Conway came back to kick against the Carolina Panthers in the season opener, hitting both of his field-goal attempts (24 and 21 yards).

He made his only attempt against Detroit (26 yards), then re-aggravated the injury last Thursday in practice. The Redskins signed Husted to handle the kicking duties for Monday night's game after Conway said he could not kick.

"There are a lot of great people in this organization, but I think there are some problems right now," Conway said. "I don't want to cry over spilled milk but I'm a little upset at how the whole thing went down. It could have gone down a little more diplomatically.

"If they are going to tell me it's a business decision, I'd hope that they would do good business rather than bad business the way it went down."

Husted spent six years in Tampa Bay before kicking for Oakland last season. The Raiders drafted kicker Sebastian Janikowski in the first round last spring, leaving Husted out of a job.

He worked with Redskins punter/holder Tommy Barnhardt while the two were in Tampa. Husted converted all three of his extra-point attempts in Monday night's loss to Dallas.

"We feel we have a good kicker right now," Redskins coach Norv Turner said. "Every guy on the roster means something to us. Brett wasn't going to be able to kick."

Husted has converted 72 percent of his field goals in his NFL career. He kicked for the University of Virginia and grew up in Hampton, Va.

"I grew up following the Redskins," Husted said. "This team has a lot of good capabilities. I'm psyched to be here. It's a good opportunity.

"Brett did his job and he did it well," Husted added. "It was just an injury. There is another week and another game, and you have to get everyone ready for the game."

NOTES: Wide receiver Derrius Thompson has been reassigned to the practice squad, where he spent 10 weeks last season. Thompson started there again this season before spending the last two games on the 53-man roster. He was inactive for both games. ... Center Cory Raymer practiced for the first time yesterday since tearing two ligaments in his knee during training camp. He did not participate in team drills. ... Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer said fullback Larry Centers is improving rapidly but is questionable for Sunday night's game against the New York Giants.

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