Ailing, Davis says he'll be able

Running back expresses `no doubt' on his status for Sunday against Saints

Redskins notebook

October 08, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis hasn't missed a game in nearly two seasons, and he's not about to buck the trend.

Davis vowed yesterday that his injured right knee won't prevent him from starting for the Redskins when they play host to the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field.

"No doubt," Davis said of his playing status against New Orleans. "Right now, I've just got to go through the pain and get rehab on it and do my best."

Davis sprained a ligament in his right knee Sunday during Washington's 31-14 win against the Tennessee Titans. He injured the knee early as he tried to block a blitzing Titan and had to be assisted off the field by team trainers.

Davis re-entered the game in the second half, returning to the bruising style that helped him lead the NFC in rushing yardage last season. He finished with 18 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

He also caught a 14-yard touchdown lob from wide receiver Kevin Lockett in the fourth quarter, making Davis the team's leading receiver with 18 catches (Rod Gardner has 17).

"It was hurting, but I couldn't do anything about it," said Davis, who credited a "higher power" for giving him the strength to return.

If Davis can't go Sunday, coach Steve Spurrier said the Redskins will turn to backup Kenny Watson.

More injuries

In other injury news, linebacker LaVar Arrington, who jammed his right wrist Sunday, said his wrist is "bruised and sore" but not broken.

Left guard Dave Loverne (bruised thigh) is expected to be able to play Sunday, but Spurrier said he is considering rotating Loverne with Wilbert Brown. Brown, the backup center, replaced Loverne in the third quarter and filled in nicely.

Ramsey deflects pressure

Patrick Ramsey is doing his best to shield himself from the hype.

The rookie quarterback who propelled the Redskins to their victory over Tennessee said he stopped answering the telephone at 10 o'clock Sunday night and went to bed an hour later.

"I'm trying not to let it [get to me]," Ramsey said of his performance. "I'm going to come in here and start worrying about New Orleans. ... Now it's time to focus on a good team coming in here this week."

In his debut, Ramsey went 20-for-34 for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

The third quarterback taken in April's draft, Ramsey replaced starter Danny Wuerffel, who injured his right (throwing) shoulder when a gang of Titans drove him into the ground in the first quarter.

Spurrier said it was doubtful that Wuerffel would suit up for the next two weeks and that Shane Matthews, the starter for the team's first three games, would be Ramsey's backup.

QB carousel

On Sunday, Patrick Ramsey is expected to become the 14th quarterback to start a game for Redskins in the past 10 seasons. Redskins starters since 1993 (games started in parentheses):

1993: Mark Rypien (10), Rich Gannon (4), Cary Conkin (2)

1994: Heath Shuler (8), John Friesz (4), Gus Frerotte (4)

1995: Frerotte (11), Shuler (5)

1996: Frerotte (16)

1997: Frerotte (13), Jeff Hostetler (3)

1998: Trent Green (14), Frerotte (2)

1999: Brad Johnson (16)

2000: Johnson (11), Jeff George (5)

2001: Tony Banks (14), George (2)

2002: Shane Matthews (3), Danny Wuerffel (1), Patrick Ramsey (?)

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