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Safety in Numbers: Team Signs Dennis

By Nunyo Demasio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 13, 2004; Page D04

The Washington Redskins signed safety Pat Dennis, according to a club source last night, to bolster the depth of the secondary after the loss of safety Matt Bowen.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Dennis played at Louisiana-Monroe and was a fifth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000. After playing in 16 games his rookie season and making 64 tackles and an interception, he spent a year in Dallas before signing with Houston. The Texans released him last offseason.

Matt Bowen, whose season is over after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Sunday, was attended to by trainer Eric Steward. (Joe Giza -- Reuters)

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Bowen was placed on the injured reserve yesterday, sources said, because of a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Bowen tore his anterior cruciate ligament on a punt return.

Safety Andre Lott missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but has a chance to return Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Lott, who started the first two games instead of rookie Sean Taylor, is expected to become the starting strong side safety alongside Taylor.

Despite Dennis's acquisition, Bowen's injury means more playing time for reserve safeties Todd Franz and Ryan Clark, who tied linebacker Antonio Pierce for a team-high nine tackles against Baltimore.

Daniels Is Not Ready Yet

Phillip Daniels's groin strain has turned out to need more mending than anticipated and the right defensive end won't be able to play against his former team Sunday when the Redskins face the Chicago Bears.

Daniels suffered the injury Sept. 14 in a 20-17 loss to the New York Giants. At the time, he was expected to miss four weeks, but Daniels said yesterday that he will be out for a few more weeks.

"It's going to take some more time. It's just frustrating," Daniels said yesterday, before leaving Redskins Park. "It's much better, but with a groin injury, it fools you. You feel good like you can go but then suddenly you're not ready. I feel like I'm about halfway there.

"If there's a team that I want to play against, it would be the Bears. I circled that game in preseason. But I just have to root for our guys to do well."

The Redskins have a bye week after the Chicago game, giving Daniels more time to heal.

Daniels was replaced by Ron Warner, a 1998 seventh-round pick, who performed well in the previous three games. Warner suffered leg injuries against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, and was replaced by Demetric Evans as a starter against the Ravens. . . .

The Redskins have named Patrick Wixted their new director of public relations, and William Norman assistant director of public relations. Wixted and Norman -- who have been with the club for four years -- replace Michelle Tessier, who resigned last week after four seasons.

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