Retired linebacker Ken Harvey accompanied the Washington Redskins here for tonight's game against the Arizona Cardinals. It appears that Redskins officials might consider re-signing Harvey, 34, as soon as this week.
Harvey was on the sideline and in the locker room this evening after being invited by Coach Norv Turner. But he played down any connection between his trip here and his desire to make a comeback if the Redskins want him.
"The team has been doing well without me," Harvey said before the game. "I'm just here to be with the team."
Harvey retired during training camp but recently expressed interest in playing this season if Redskins officials believe he can help the team as a role player. The four-time Pro Bowler met with Turner last week at Redskin Park to discuss the subject.
Redskins officials have been dissatisfied with the play of their linebackers this season. The team's defense was ranked last in the NFL entering tonight's game. According to sources close to the situation, club officials planned to reevaluate their linebackers following this game and were open to the possibility of signing Harvey.
Team officials likely would want to watch him work out first. Harvey was bothered by a sore knee during training camp, but said he feels healthier now.
Said Harvey, who spent the previous five seasons with the Redskins after six years with the Cardinals: "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just taking it as it comes."
Westbrook Speaks Out
In an ESPN interview with Joe Theismann, Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook said he initially had difficulty fitting in with the team.
"My first couple of years here, I'd walk into the locker room and I'd hear a lot of noise," he said. "Then when I actually walked in, it was quiet."
When Theismann asked why, he said: "Jealousy. It could have been a whole lot of things. I don't want to go ahead and venture out there and say anything. But there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle not here any more."
Westbrook, the team's first-round choice in 1995, also talked about two incidents during the 1997 season, one in which he repeatedly punched teammate Stephen Davis during training camp and another in which he removed his helmet to argue a call, drawing a penalty that cost Washington a victory over the New York Giants.
He said taking off his helmet "had nothing to do with professionalism. I'm an emotional player, I always have been. The helmet thing got away from me. When I did it, I knew it was wrong and I knew I had hurt my team."
On the Davis incident, he said: "it was just a case of both of us being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He and I handled it wrong. I should not have hit him. He should not have said the things he said to me. I apologized a thousand times. I don't know what else I could do to make it up to him. From that incident, we have grown to become close friends."
Galloway Hopes Dim
Redskins officials had all but given up today on the possibility of acquiring holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway from the Seattle Seahawks by the NFL's trade deadline Tuesday afternoon. The Redskins apparently remain willing to part with first- and third-round draft choices for Galloway, but seem convinced that the Seahawks won't trade him until after the season.
Staff writer Leonard Shapiro contributed to this report.