Redskin Coach Jack Pardee said yesterday he expects Bert Jones to start at quarterback Monday night for the Colts. But Baltimore Coach Ted Marchibroda again said, "It's a day-today thing."
"I think Bert could play, he could hand off the football, but I don't know if he can throw well enough to beat the Redskins." Marchibroda said. "If he had to play today, he couldn't do it. The motion is there, but the velocity isn't."
Jones separated his right shoulder in the Colts' final preseason game, then played 10 minutes against New York Jets three weeks ago and reinjured the shoulder.
Marchibroda said Jones threw more passes yesterday, in the Colts' first practice of the week, "than he has in some time, but it's (the shoulder) still not the way it should be. And if he can't throw any better than he did today, he won't start Monday."
Was Marchibroda playing cat-and-mouse with his old friend, Pardee?
"No, I really wish I could come right out and say Bert's going to play, but we just don't know."
Jones said," I'd be lying if I said my arm was okay. It's getting better, but I still have a long way to go. I'm just trying to build it up to the point where I can throw full speed by Monday.
"Right now I'm not worried about timing that will take care of itself. I'm not setting any deadlines for myself. Being ready Monday night is my timing, that will take care of itself, only concern."