Former veteran NFL offensive guard Bob Newton, brought in by the Washington Federals for a three-day tryout, left camp yesterday to join George Allen's Chicago Blitz. According to a Blitz spokesman last night, Newton had not been signed.
Federals Coach Ray Jauch, obviously angered by the move, said it was "typical, just typical. (Blitz Coach) Allen called Bob up and he packed his bags and left. There was supposed to be a rule against that kind of stuff. He was (brought in) for three days and was supposed to be our (tryout) property. But as far as I'm concerned, if the guy doesn't want us, we don't want him. That's fine. He can play for whoever he wants; let him go."
Jauch also said running back Craig James would not be ready to play in Monday night's game against the Arizona Wranglers (2-3). James suffered a back injury against Los Angeles in the second game of the season. "It's too bad Craig isn't ready," Jauch said after yesterday's two-hour workout under threatening skies near RFK Stadium. "We sure could use him back there."
Rookie quarterback Mike Hohensee, sick with the flu, is scheduled to start, although he hasn't worked out this week. Jauch plans to start former Pittsburgh Steeler Joe Gilliam if Hohensee's condition fails to improve.
Kickers Ken Olson of Gaithersburg and Dale Castro, formerly of the University of Maryland, are still in camp; Jauch plans to decide within the next two days which of the two he plans to use in Monday's game.