Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who underwent a second "successful" operation yesterday, today will do one of the things he does best:
Talk to the media.
For the first time since he suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg Monday night against the New York Giants, Theismann will speak publicly about his injury and the two operations he has undergone. His news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Arlington Hospital.
Dr. Charles Jackson, the team's orthopedic surgeon, told Redskins General Manager Bobby Beathard that he found no infection in the wound caused by the compound fracture and stitched it during yesterday morning's surgery.
"Everything went fine," Beathard said. "He's getting along real well."
Theismann will wear a long cast for six weeks, then a short cast for another six weeks, Jackson said. It will take another three months to get his leg in shape, Jackson added. Theismann now is able to move around on crutches. He is expected to stay in the hospital for observation until at least Thanksgiving Day.
Of all the cards, letters and gifts, perhaps the most improbable has been sent by the Dallas Cowboys' defensive backs. According to cornerback Everson Walls, the defensive backs who intercepted Theismann eight times this season in two Dallas victories have sent him a floral arrangement.
Said Dallas defensive tackle Randy White, who reportedly called Theismann a "hot dog" last season: "As much as we have a rivalry with Theismann and the Redskins, I hated to see that happen. I hate to see that happen to anybody.
"It was pretty nasty, probably the worst I have ever seen."