Ramsey has been playing injured

Redskins QB fractured right foot before season

November 18, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins' season took a turn for the worse when coach Steve Spurrier and quarterback Patrick Ramsey disclosed yesterday that the second-year quarterback has played this season with a fractured right foot that has intensified in pain the past two weeks.

Spurrier revealed his quarterback's injury during his weekly news conference at Redskins Park, saying, "Patrick's got a little bone in his right foot that hurts him. I don't know if you all knew that or not."

Later, Ramsey - who was tabbed as Washington's quarterback of the future when the franchise selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft - confirmed the fracture, noting that the injury is not new although he is not certain when he first was hurt.

Ramsey said his foot started to ache during training camp, and an X-ray revealed the fracture. The pain subsided during the preseason and first nine weeks of the regular season, but resurfaced during a 27-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks nine days ago.

"It's flared up pretty bad recently," Ramsey said. "It's just something I'm trying to fight through."

Ramsey has been having a solid season: He is ranked fifth in the NFC in passing yardage (2,159), tied for fourth in touchdowns (14) and ranked eighth in passer rating (76.4).

But the injury clearly affected Ramsey during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Ramsey, who threw for two touchdowns but completed just 16 of 35 passes for 150 yards and tossed an interception, badly overthrew wide receiver Rod Gardner on a 9-yard corner route to the end zone in the second quarter and missed several other opportunities.

"It's hard to push off my back foot," admitted Ramsey, who has endured a bruised hand, a bruised shoulder and a dislocated pinky finger this season. "It's hard to turn my hips. It's hard to do a lot of things. We're trying to do all we can to support it and keep it going."

Of course, getting sacked 29 times - tied for the second-most in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb and behind the Buffalo Bills' Drew Bledsoe (30) - hasn't helped.

But Ramsey said he won't sit out any games, "not if I can go out there and play."

The only other injury news involved fullback Rock Cartwright (sprained ankle) and offensive tackle Chris Samuels (sore knee), but Spurrier said both probably will be ready Sunday.

Spurrier said he has not decided who will start at running back when the Redskins (4-6) visit the Miami Dolphins (6-4) Sunday night.

Trung Canidate, a big free-agent signing in the offseason, started Sunday but gained just 18 yards on 10 carries.

Cartwright, who wowed observers with his 13-carry, 81-yard effort against the Seahawks, rushed nine times for a team-high 32 yards against the Panthers, but lost a fumble in Carolina's end zone.

Chad Morton (high ankle sprain) returned to the field on Sunday, but was limited to kick and punt returns. Ladell Betts is still out (fractured left forearm).

While Spurrier said Canidate hasn't had a lot of space to prove himself, the coach did suggest that John Simon - the former Tennessee Titan who was signed as free agent on Nov. 4 - could play some.

"John Simon has been with us for a couple weeks now," Spurrier said. "Maybe it's time he gets an opportunity to play."

NOTES: Washington didn't commit a single penalty Sunday, the first time the Redskins hadn't been whistled since Dec. 19, 1993. ... After watching a replay of Stephen Davis' disputed touchdown plunge that sealed Carolina's win, Spurrier said he agreed with the officials' decision not to overturn the call. "There was not enough evidence to call it anything else," he said.

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