IRVING, TEX., NOV. 22 -- The Redskins again shuffled the starting lineup in the offensive line, inserting Russ Grimm back at left guard over Mark Adickes.
This was the season the Redskins were going to look at some new Hogs, but with Grimm back in the lineup, three original Hogs started -- Grimm, Jeff Bostic at center and Joe Jacoby at right guard. The only missing Hog was Mark May, who has returned to practice and may be ready to play in another week. He had reconstructive knee surgery last season.Byner Shoulders Load
When Gerald Riggs got hurt against the Philadelphia Eagles 10 days ago, Coach Joe Gibbs said rookie Brian Mitchell would move up the depth chart and probably start getting some work behind Earnest Byner.
That certainly appeared to be a possibility this week with the Redskins playing twice in five days, but Byner got every carry (except for a reverse by Art Monk). Byner ran 26 times for 116 yards against the Saints last Sunday and gained 39 on 14 carries against the Cowboys.
Byner had only nine yards on seven carries at the half, but Gibbs said giving Mitchell a chance didn't appear to be part of the solution.
"That wasn't Earnest's fault out there," Gibbs said. "I think when we look at the films we're going to see we missed some things up front. It wasn't just one thing."Sanders Sprains Ankle
The Redskins reported only two injuries. Wide receiver Ricky Sanders finished the game despite spraining his left ankle in the first half. Middle linebacker Greg Manusky had a contusion of the left thigh. . . .
Defensive end Fred Stokes, who is playing only on passing downs, had 2 1/2 sacks today and leads the Redskins with 5 1/2. The Redskins sacked Troy Aikman eight times in a 19-15 victory in Week 3 in Washington, but got him only three times today. . . . Aikman has thrown at least one interception in 14 straight games. Martin Mayhew and Wilber Marshall each caught one today. . . .
Gibbs is giving his players the weekend off. They are to report to Redskin Park at 1 p.m. Monday to begin preparing for the Miami Dolphins. "This weekend off will give us a chance to do some soul searching," quarterback Mark Rypien said. . . .
The Redskins' 36 yards rushing are their fewest since getting 21 against the Raiders in Week 8 last season. . . .
Are the Cowboys getting hot again? They've drawn more than 60,000 fans for five straight home games for the first time since 1983, when they did it eight straight. Texas Stadium has been sold out three straight times.