It was incorrectly reported yesterday that quarterback Jeff Rutledge had cleared waivers. He was never placed on waivers and put on injured reserve because the Redskins figured they could survice the first four weeks with only two quarterbacks and would be able to keep an extra player at another position. (Published 10/3/90)
Quarterback Jeff Rutledge's four-week stay on injured reserve ends this week. He will return to practice on Wednesday when the Redskins resume work and will be their No. 2 quarterback when the New York Giants come to RFK Stadium Oct. 14.
His return will bump newcomer Gary Hogeboom to No. 3 on the depth chart, and since the Redskins normally activate only two quarterbacks, Hogeboom likely will be on the two-man inactive list for at least the Giants game.
The Redskins placed Rutledge on injured reserve because they were more willing to gamble they could get him through waivers than one of their offensive linemen. They were gambling they could get through the first four weeks of the season with only two quarterbacks.
Mark Rypien's injury forced them to sign Hogeboom, but they weren't hurt by sending Rutledge to injured reserve.
Coach Joe Gibbs yesterday refused to confirm that Rutledge definitely would become his No. 2 quarterback, saying that he wanted to talk to the players involved before saying anything. However, it appears virtually certain that Rutledge will be activated.
Moving him onto the roster will mean cutting someone. That move won't be made until the day before the Giants' game to allow the Redskins to have as many practice players as possible the next few weeks.
Also, if someone gets hurt during practice, Rutledge could come onto the roster to replace the injured players. Injured Can Return
Players placed on injured reserve after 47-man rosters were set may return to practice this week, and Rutledge is one of five players the Redskins can bring back. Offensive linemen Mo Elewonibi and Ray Brown, receiver Stephen Hobbs and linebacker Jon Leverenz are the others.
It's unclear who'll be brought back to practice, although Hobbs and Brown are the most likely candidates. . . .
The return of Rutledge, Hobbs and Brown means the Redskins can sign only two players for the new developmental squad. Teams may sign as many as five players for the developmental squads, but are allowed a total of only five extra players at practice, including players on injured reserve.
General Manager Charley Casserly said that safety Rico Labbe and running back George Searcy -- both cut at the end of training camp -- would be brought back for the developmental squad. Pair of One-Backs
Gibbs traditionally has preferred a straight one-back offense, but he said that Gerald Riggs and Earnest Byner would continue to share time and that Byner would continue as his starter.
Byner gained 56 yards on 16 carries and Riggs, in his first substantial action of the season, gained 95 yards on 19 carries during the 38-10 victory over Phoenix Sunday night.
"We can give both of them enough work to stay sharp," Gibbs said. "Whether it will be all they want or not is something else. But Gerald was huffing and puffing in the second half. Those guys complement each other and we're fortunate to have them." . . .
Gibbs repeated that he hoped to keep the running and passing numbers more balanced. He said that while the 49ers took the run away and dared the Redskins to pass, he should have called more runs against the Cowboys.
But he also repeated that when one succeeds, the other will also succeed.
"We're so good in the passing game, you have a tendency to lean that way," he said. "You go back to the end of last season we were throwing the ball like mad and catching everything and dominating games. You go with what has been working. But over the long haul, you have to be balanced. If you can't do both, you're going to run into trouble. There's going to be bad weather, games where you need to keep the ball. The physical part always shows up. Yet we'll also throw the ball more than most people because we can."