Tampa Bay quarterback John Reaves broke his right wrist in two places during the Bandits' 18-13 loss to the Los Angeles Express Monday night and will mis w0011 ----- r g BC-04/20/83-FEDS 04-20 0001 Jauch Thinks Twice on Reaves' Injury By David Remnick Washington Post Staff Writer
Tampa Bay quarterback John Reaves broke his right wrist in two places during the Bandits' 18-13 loss to the Los Angeles Express Monday night and will miss at least two months of action, including Sunday's game against the Washington Federals.
Asked for his reaction to Reaves' injury, the ordinarily placid Federals coach, Ray Jauch, affected a Vince Lombardi snarl: "A man in my position has no sympathy for anyone," he growled.
Jauch then dropped the block-of-granite facade. "No, I don't want to say that. It's unfortunate when a player of Reaves' caliber gets hurt like that. I felt that for all the attention given Herschel Walker and Kelvin Bryant, Reaves was the best football player in the league up to this point."
When the Federals played the Bandits in an exhibition game in Jacksonville, Reaves befuddled the Washington secondary with passes to wide receivers Danny Buggs, a former Redskin, and Eric Truvillion. Reaves threw nine touchdown passes before his injury.
Jimmy Jordan, who quarterbacked Florida State in the Orange Bowl in 1979, will replace Reaves.
For the Federals, Joe Gilliam will start Sunday's game at quarterback. Mike Hohensee returned from an injury to open last week's game against the Generals, but he performed poorly, having lost 15 pounds the previous week in a bout with flu. In two games, Gilliam has thrown 53 passes for 21 completions, five touchdowns and five interceptions.
Jauch said that after the Federals' third regular kicker of the season, Ken Olson, missed a possible game-winning field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the Generals game, the team received calls from kickers all over the country looking for employment. Jauch said the Federals will be giving another kicker a tryout today, but that such a move did not spell the end for Olson.
"Every guy on the street thinks he can kick the ball," Jauch said. "But I don't want to be too hasty with Ken."
In past weeks, the Federals have had players of all stripes attend three-day tryout sessions, but with the successful backfield combination of Craig James and Billy Taylor in place and an improved offensive line and linebacking corps, Jauch said that tryouts will become less common despite the team's 1-6 record.
"We're getting close to settling down," Jauch said. "I think any changes you may see will be from within our present roster."