Hasselbeck is aboard, but QB plan not yet set

Spurrier doesn't rule out asking Wuerffel to return

Redskins notebook

Pro Football

October 24, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - Even as the Washington Redskins welcomed backup quarterback Tim Hasselbeck to his first practice, coach Steve Spurrier hinted yesterday that the team could make more changes, including calling on a familiar face.

Spurrier, who vowed to remake a team that fell to 3-4 after a 24-7 loss to Buffalo on Sunday, said the club could add another quarterback to its roster before the next game against Dallas on Nov. 2 and did not rule out possibly asking former Redskin Danny Wuerffel to return.

Hasselbeck and starter Patrick Ramsey are the team's only quarterbacks. Rookie Gibran Hamdan is on the practice squad.

"There's always a possibility [of signing another quarterback], but we'll just have to wait and see how all that plays out," Spurrier said after a light practice before the players left Redskins Park for a three-day weekend. "If we think we need to bring somebody else, we may still do that."

That led a reporter to ask Spurrier if Wuerffel, a 1996 Heiman Trophy winner coached by Spurrier at the University of Florida, would get a phone call.

"We'll see if that's a possibility or not," said Spurrier, who opposed owner Daniel M. Snyder's tiebreaking vote to release Wuerffel before the regular season began. "I don't know if that's going to happen or not. But it could. It could or could not."

As for now, Hasselbeck resumes the role held by Rob Johnson, who was waived Wednesday to make room for Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck, 25, played at Boston College, where he ranked sixth in passing yards (3,980) and fifth in touchdowns (29). But Hasselbeck has bounced around with four NFL clubs and is perhaps better known as the husband of Survivor castaway Elizabeth Filarski.

"I wasn't a first-round draft pick, I wasn't paid a big bonus, I don't have a team that's ever been really committed to me to say, `Hey, this is a guy we're going to work with,' " said Hasselbeck, whose older brother, Matt, starts for the Seattle Seahawks. "For me, this may be my shot."

Still, Hasselbeck said he harbors no illusions of grandeur.

"My role is to learn this offense as fast as possible so that if anything were to happen to Patrick, I'm able to get into the game and do the things we need to do to help us get a win," he said. "I know that this organization wants Patrick to finish every game, and I do, too."

Rookie mistakes

Rookie Derrick Dockery has played, well, like a rookie in four starts at left guard.

He is among the team leaders in penalties and cost the Redskins a potential touchdown Sunday by accidentally knocking the ball from Ramsey' grasp on third-and-one from Buffalo's 1-yard line; the Bills recovered.

Spurrier publicly wondered whether backup Lennie Friedman should replace Dockery.

"If anybody got beat out, they just got beat out," said Dockery, the team's third-round draft choice from Texas. "This is a business, and I'm just going to try and go out and play my hardest. That's all I can really control."

Teammates Randy Thomas and Jeremiah Trotter have counseled Dockery not to feel discouraged.

"I'm just trying to win most of those battles," Dockery said. "I'm trying to perform how my coaches want me to perform and how my teammates want me to perform, and everything else will take care of itself."

Injury update

Dockery (shoulder), wide receiver Laveranues Coles (toe and ribs) and center Larry Moore (back) did not practice yesterday, but Spurrier said all three should be ready for the Dallas game.

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