The Redskins apparently lost right tackle Ed Simmons for the season yesterday when he suffered torn right knee ligaments while blocking on Chip Lohmiller's game-winning field goal.
It's not clear how Simmons was hurt, but last night team officials said a decision on surgery likely would be made today.
That's a severe blow to a team that believes its offensive line is one of the best in the game. Simmons had started 11 times at right tackle and had big games against the Dolphins and Bears.
"He has just been playing super," line coach Jim Hanifan said. "As happy as I am about getting a win, I'm sad about losing Ed. Hopefully, it isn't as serious as they think it is."
The loss of Simmons means yet another shuffle for the Hogs. Joe Jacoby, who started at left guard yesterday, will move back to right tackle, and Russ Grimm, Mark Adickes or Mark Schlereth will play left guard.
Grimm was inactive yesterday because of a sprained shoulder, but he is expected to play next week. Schlereth has missed most of the last three games because of an ankle injury, but he is ready to play again.Byner, Koch Hurting
The Redskins reported two other injuries, but neither appears to be serious. Earnest Byner suffered a bruised shoulder and will be re-evaluated today. That's also the case for defensive end Markus Koch, who suffered a sprained knee but was moving well after the game.Punting Profile
New Redskins punter Kelly Goodburn got off to a bad start yesterday when he shanked his first kick 27 yards. He boomed his next one, hitting it 48 yards, and his last one was a 22-yard pooch punt that sent the Bears back to their 15 with 39 seconds left.Clark on the Mark
Gary Clark hit the 1,000-yard mark in receptions for the fourth time in five seasons yesterday. He caught six passes for 85 yards and just missed his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He now has 408 catches for his career and trails Jerry Smith by 13 catches for third place on the team's all-time list. . . . Meanwhile, Art Monk caught only one pass, but extended his consecutive-game streak to 113. . . . Darrell Green returned one punt as he split time with Brian Mitchell. "With Brian's extra duty at running back, we decided to take some of his other loads away from him," special teams coach Wayne Sevier said. . . .
Mitchell again looked good in the backfield, carrying only three times but picking up 30 yards.